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IJJ Selection of Educational Materials

IJJ

SELECTION OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Rationale

The Veazie School Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the operation of the public schools, including the selection of print and non-print educational materials.  The responsibility for the selection of educational materials is delegated by the Committee to professionally certified personnel employed by the School Department.

Objectives

Educational materials are intended to implement, enrich and support the instructional programs within our schools.  Our schools are responsible for providing a wide range of learning materials at various levels of difficulty; that appeal to a diverse pupil population; and that expose pupils to different points of view.

To assist in the achievement of this end, it is the responsibility of our schools to provide materials that:

- meet the varied interests, abilities and maturity levels of pupils.

- stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical

  standards.

- establish a background of information that enable pupils to make sound judgments in

  their daily life situations.

- present opposing sides of controversial issues.

- represent the many religious, ethnic and cultural groups that contribute to our national

   heritage.

- place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice.

The Veazie School Committee recognizes that the final authority in determining those materials to which an individual pupil will be exposed rests with that student's parents or guardians.  However, at no time will the wishes of one child's parents or guardians to restrict the reading or viewing of a particular item be allowed to infringe on other parents' or guardians' rights to permit their child to read or view the same material.

Procedure for Selection

Professional personnel will evaluate needs, consult reputable selection aides and specialists, and personally review and/or pilot educational materials whenever possible.

The selection of materials may involve a number of people representing a number of stakeholder groups within the school/community.  The responsibility for the coordination of the selection of materials and the recommendation for purchase rests with the professionally trained, certified staff.

Criteria for Selection

The requirements of the individual school, based on the needs of the curriculum and existing collection of educational materials, shall be given first consideration.  Materials for purchase will be considered on the following bases; overall purpose, timelines or permanence, importance of the subject matter, quality of the writing and production, readability, authoritativeness, reputation and significance of the author, format and price.

Gift materials shall be judged by the same standards and may be accepted or rejected by those standards.

Challenged Materials

Despite the care taken to select educational materials for pupils and teachers and the qualifications of the persons who select the materials, it is recognized that objections may be raised by community members, parents, students and staff.

In the event a complaint is made, the following procedures will apply:

1.  The complainant will be referred to the staff-member directly involved with the educational material in question.

2.  Following the meeting required in step one, and failing a resolution satisfactory to the complainant, the complainant will be referred to the building principal and will be requested to fill out the "Request for Review of Instructional Materials" form.  A copy of the form will be forwarded to the Superintendent of Schools and to the Veazie School Committee.

3.  The Superintendent of Schools will appoint a committee to review the complaint.  The Committee will be composed of 1) the Building Principal, 2) two classroom teachers--one of whom shall be in the subject area or grade level of the challenged material, 3) one school librarian, and 4) one two community members.

4.  The review committee will read and examine the material; investigate the general acceptance of the material by reading reviews; weigh values and faults against each other and form opinions based on the material as a whole and not based on passages or portions pulled out of context.  The review committee shall discuss the material and prepare a report.

5.  The report of the review committee will be forwarded to the School Committee.

6.  Educational materials shall not be permanently removed or withdrawn until the review committee process has been completed and a report of findings has been submitted to the School Committee.

Revised:  1/5/93

Adopted:  3/3/93

VEAZIE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

 

REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

                                                            ______________________________________

NAME                                 ADDRESS                                        PHONE

______________________________                        ___________________________

AUTHOR                              TITLE                             PUBLISHER/PRODUCER

HARDCOVER  ______         PAPERBACK  ______         AV ______

LOCATION OF MATERIAL  _________________            _____________________

COMPLAINANT REPRESENTS:  SELF ____  GROUP ____                   ____________

                                                                                                            NAME OF GROUP

1.  Please identify the specific content to which you object.

2.  What do you feel might be the result of reading or viewing this material?

3.  Are there any positive aspects to this material?

4.  Did you read or view the entire work?   If not, what parts?

5.  What is your recommendation regarding this material?

6.  What material of equal literary quality would you recommend that would convey the same message or present the same perspective?

____________________________

Signature of Complainant

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