The Board shall provide instructional materials to implement the district's educational goals and objectives to meet students' needs. The primary objective of such instructional materials shall be to enrich, support, and implement the educational program of the school.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for the selection and recommendation of materials for Board consideration. The district’s process for Instructional Materials Selection Committees is followed as per the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association contract. At a regular Board meeting and upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board shall approve the instructional materials to be used in the schools of this District.
The district will provide 20 calendar days for the public to review instructional materials recommended for adoption. Access will be made for the public to review recommended materials in print or online format. Following the 20-day public review, the district will conduct a public hearing. At a Board Meeting, following the public hearing, the Superintendent may make a final recommendation to adopt the instructional materials reviewed by the public.
Upon district approval of the adoption, the district will provide 30 calendar days for a parent of a HCPS student or a resident of the county to contest the adoption. The parent or resident must file a petition within these 30 days via a district form available on the district’s website. Within the next 30 days following, the district will conduct a public hearing before a hearing officer on all petitions timely received. The school board’s decision after convening a hearing is final and not subject to further petition or review. School Board Policy 2240 and 9130 provide additional guidance regarding controversial issues and parental concerns about program content or the use of particular materials.
Pursuant to State law, the Board shall purchase current instructional materials so that each student has a textbook, or other instructional material, as a major tool of instruction in core courses of the appropriate subject areas of mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, reading, and literature for grades K-12.
Such purchases shall be for instructional materials included on the State-adopted list, except as otherwise provided in State law, and shall be made within the first three years of the adoption cycle.
Pursuant to State law, the portion of the annual allocation from which instructional materials not on the adopted list may be purchased shall not be used for the purchase of electronic or computer hardware or for equipment or supplies.
The Board requires the maximum use of instructional materials for district students.
Furthermore, it is the legal responsibility of the Board to provide the duly adopted, required textbooks free of charge to students who are enrolled in the District. Textbooks may be in a printed and bound or electronic format. An electronic textbook is defined as computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, on-line service, electronic medium, or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means.
A copy of the duly-adopted textbook, regardless of format, is available for student or parent purchase for the District's purchase price plus ten percent.
The staff should continually research new sources and types of supplementary flex instructional materials and explore their innovative use for all types and levels of learners per the Florida Department of Education's definition of instructional materials.
The Superintendent shall develop and update as needed administrative procedures to implement this policy.
F.S. 1006.28, 1006.283, 1006.40
Revised January 15, 2019