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ERIC Number: ED123725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-10
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Board's Role in Textbook Selection.
Smith, Patricia
In the area of textbook selection, a school board should (1) establish a policy based on the feelings of the community, the law, and the board's views; (2) determine whether administrative guidelines reflect board policy; (3) check whether textbook choices are based on those guidelines; and (4) consider appeals in book complaint cases. Everyone agrees that school boards should establish a written policy on textbook selection. This policy should stipulate community involvement, and provision should be made for a written complaint form. When writing a policy, the board should consider its legal authority and recent decisions in relevant court cases. It is wise to have the board's textbook policy checked by an attorney. Another requirement for establishing a textbook policy is that board members should clarify their own thinking and be prepared to counter some of the arguments against board involvement in textbook selection. It is difficult for a board to adopt any regulations that inhibit teacher choice for fear of being labeled a "book burner." Nevertheless, it is the board's obligation to ascertain its constituents' wishes and to represent those wishes in a fair and legal manner. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (36th, San Francisco, California, April 10-13, 1976)