The Board of Education is responsible for the adoption and purchase of all textbooks to be used in the district schools. A three-fourth’s vote of the Board is necessary to adopt a new textbook where the old textbook has not been in use for five years.
A textbook shall mean any book, or a book substitute, which shall include hard covered or paperback books, work books, or manuals which a student is required to use as a text, or a text-substitute, in a particular class or educational program.
The adoption of textbooks shall adhere to the following procedures:
1. Textbooks when adopted as basic texts shall be used by all appropriate classes and grade levels in the district.
2. Requests to consider new textbook adoptions may originate from the Board, teachers, or administrators.
3. Appropriate faculty committees shall be formed to survey available texts.
4. Recommendations of textbook study committees shall be made known to interested grade level or subject matter teachers.
5. Recommendations of the textbook study committee shall be submitted through the Building Principal to the Superintendent of Schools.
6. Upon the approval of the Superintendent, a recommendation for adoption will be made to the Board.
7. The procedures for the adoption of multiple texts to be used for a grade level, subject area, or course shall be the same as for textbooks.
In some instances, reading lists will take the place of basic or multiple text materials. In these instances, reading lists shall be adopted by the Board upon recommendation of the Superintendent.
Supplementary texts, defined as those which are expected to be used in quantities not to exceed room sets, will not be issued to each student for a period of one semester or longer, and shall be used as a resource and supplement to the regular text materials. The procedures for the selection of supplementary texts shall be the same as those for the adoption of textbooks with the exception that Board approval is not required.
Selection of Literary Works for the Classroom
The selection of literary works for the classroom presents an arduous task for teachers. Extreme prudence must be exercised before implementing any literary work as prescribed reading in the classroom because it is always possible that a student and his/her parents might find an assigned literary work objectionable to his/her personal standards. In such instances, the student should be excused from reading the assigned book, providing that, in agreement with his/her teacher, the student reads something of a comparable stature and completes other assignments comparable to those expected of the class.
The following procedure shall afford each teacher the prerogative of support from fellow teachers and administrators whenever a question regarding the suitability of a literary text for classroom use might arise:
1. If a teacher discovers that some areas of a book which he/she wishes to implement in the classroom might be objectionable, a request should be made to the Chairperson of the Book Committee to call a meeting of teachers in that academic area for the benefit of their collective opinions.
2. The Superintendent will then be advised by the Chairperson as to the decisions thus reached by the teachers.
3. The comments of the teachers and their request for a review by the Book Committee shall then be implemented by the Superintendent.
4. The Committee shall have among its membership the Superintendent, the Principal, a librarian, and the teacher who desires to introduce the book in question.
5. Final dispensation of the controversy ultimately rests with the Board.
Education Law §§701 et seq.; 1711; 2508; 2566