All District classrooms and learning centers should be equipped with an evenly-proportioned, wide assortment of instructional materials, including textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and electronic materials. These should provide quality learning experiences for students and:
1. enrich and support the curriculum;
2. stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
3. provide background information to enable students to make informed judgments; and promote critical reading and thinking;
4. depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society; and
5. contribute to a sense of worth of all people regardless of sex, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other differences that may exist.
Textbooks and instructional materials shall be adopted consistent with provisions of The School Code. The recommendation to the Board based on the input from the Curriculum Advisory shall include the following information:
1. recommended texts, including the title, publisher, copyright dates, number of copies desired, and cost;
2. rationale for recommendation; and
3. selection method.
The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide a list or description of textbooks and instructional materials used in the District to the School Board. Anyone may inspect any textbook or instructional material.
Teachers are encouraged to use age appropriate supplemental material only when it will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught and to ensure it is age-appropriate. No R-rated movie shall be shown to students unless prior approval is received from the Superintendent or designee, and no movie rated NC-17 (no one 17 and under admitted) shall be shown under any circumstances. These restrictions apply to television programs and other media with equivalent ratings. The Superintendent or designee shall give parents/guardians an opportunity to request that their child not participate in a class showing a movie, television program, or other media with an R or equivalent rating.
Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption
The Superintendent shall approve the selection of all textbooks and instructional materials according to the standards described in this policy. The School Code governs the adoption and purchase of textbooks and instructional materials.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20.8, 5/10-20.9, and 5/28-19.1.
CROSS REF.: 6:30, 6:40, 6:170, 6:260, 7:10, 7:15, 8:110
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
REVISED: January 25, 2007; June 26, 2008; February 28, 2013; December 21, 2017