Education - Administration - Parents Review of Public Education Curriculum and Review of Complaint Process

Published: 2015-03-10

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R277. Education, Administration.

R277-468. Parent/Guardian Review of Public Education Curriculum and Review of Complaint Process.

R277-468-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Instructional materials" means systematically arranged content in text or digital format which may be used within the state curriculum framework for grade levels or courses of study by students in public schools including text books, workbooks, computer software, online or Internet courses, CDs or DVDs and multiple forms of communication media. Such materials may be used by students or teachers or both as principal sources of study to cover any portion of the grade level or course. These materials:

(1) shall be designed for student use;

(2) may be accompanied by or contain teaching guides and study helps;

(3) shall include all text books, workbooks and student materials and supplements necessary for a student to fully participate in coursework; and

(4) shall be high quality, research-based and prove to be effective in supporting student learning.

C. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

D. "Parent or guardian" means the individual that establishes the residency of the child under Sections 53G-6-302, 53G-6-303, or 53G-6-402 or another applicable Utah guardianship provision.

E. "Primary instructional materials" means comprehensive or basal Core textbook or integrated instructional program for which a publisher seeks a recommendation for Core subjects as outlined in Sections R277-700-4, 5 or 6.

R277-468-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized under Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board, Subsections 53E-3-401(1)(b) and (c) which require the Board to establish rules regarding competency levels, graduation requirements, school accreditation, curriculum and instruction requirements, and school libraries, and Subsection 53E-3-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.

B. The purpose of this rule is to direct LEAs, consistent with the Board's responsibility to involve parents in the adoption and review of LEA primary instructional materials to support Utah Core Standards, and to include parents in reviewing complaints specific to primary curriculum materials.

R277-468-3. LEA Board Responsibilities.

A. Each LEA shall involve parents who have students who attend LEA schools and instructional staff in the consideration of LEA-purchased instructional materials.

B. Each LEA shall include parents in reviewing complaints specific to primary curriculum materials.

C. LEAs may seek assistance from parent organizations or associations or other groups to recruit and select parent members for materials and complaint reviews.

R277-468-4. USOE Responsibilities.

A. The USOE shall develop and make readily available to LEAs suggestions for effective parent participation in the instructional materials review process and the complaint review process.

B. The USOE shall assist LEAs in policy development, upon request and to the extent of resources available.

KEY: parent/guardian, committees, curriculum, complaints

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: March 10, 2015

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-401(1)(b); 53E-3-401(1)(c); 53E-3-401(3)