6:210 Instructional Materials

All District classrooms and learning centers should be equipped with an evenly-proportioned, wide assortment of teaching tools, textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and equipment selected to meet the students’ needs. Textbooks and instructional materials 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 intelligent judgments;
  4. Present opposing sides of controversial issues;
  5. Be representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage;
  6. Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide a list or description of textbooks and instructional maerials used in the District to the School Board.  Anyone may inspect any textbooks or instructional material.

Teachers are encouraged to use age-appropriate supplemental material only when it will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught.  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 or designee 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.

Cross Reference: 

6:030 Organization of Instruction

6:040 Curriculum Development and Instructional Resources

6:080 Teaching About Controversial Issues

6:170 Title I Programs

6:220 Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption

6:260 Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs

7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities

7:015 Student and Family Privacy Rights

8:110 Public Suggestions and Complaints

Legal Reference(s): 

General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.8, 5/10-20.9, and 5/28-19.1.

Date Adopted: May 27, 2008

Date Amended: August 26, 2014

Date Amended:  January 25, 2022