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CHAPTER 390 - TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS
NRS 390.005 Definitions.
SELECTION AND PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS
NRS 390.140 Final
selection by State Board; exception for charter schools; accurate portrayal of
cultural and racial diversity of society.
NRS 390.160 Contracts
by State Board for purchase; provisions of contracts.
USE OF TEXTBOOKS
NRS 390.220 Enforcement
by board of trustees of use of prescribed textbooks; exception for charter
NRS 390.230 Use
of prescribed textbooks; exceptions; penalty.
NRS 390.400 Approval
for use in public schools; exception for charter schools; actions subject to
review by State Board.
NRS 390.005 Definitions. As
used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
1. “Basic textbook” or “textbook” means
any medium or manual of instruction, including, without limitation, software
for computers, containing a presentation of the principles of a subject and
used as a basis of instruction.
2. “Supplemental textbook” means any
medium or material, including, without limitation, software for computers, used
to reinforce or extend a basic program of instruction.
3. A basic or supplemental textbook
becomes “unserviceable” when 4 years have elapsed since its removal from the
(Added to NRS by 1967, 168; A 1981, 413; 1999, 3388)
SELECTION AND PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS
NRS 390.140 Final selection by State Board; exception for charter schools;
accurate portrayal of cultural and racial diversity of society.
1. The State Board shall make the final
selection of all textbooks to be used in the public schools in this State, except
for charter schools. If a textbook proposed for selection is in a subject area
for which standards of content have been established by the Council to
Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools pursuant to NRS 389.520, the State Board shall not
select the textbook unless the State Board determines that the textbook
adequately supports the standards for that subject area.
2. A textbook must not be selected by the
State Board pursuant to subsection 1 for use in the public schools in classes
in literature, history or social sciences unless it accurately portrays the
cultural and racial diversity of our society, including lessons on the
contributions made to our society by men and women from various racial and
[313:32:1956]—(NRS A 1967, 171; 1981, 413; 1989, 2102; 1997, 1871; 1999, 3389)
NRS 390.160 Contracts by State Board for purchase; provisions of contracts.
1. The State Board may make such contracts
for the purchase and use of textbooks in the name of the State as it deems
necessary for the interests of the public schools.
2. Contracts must:
(a) Set forth the introductory, exchange and
retail price of each textbook, which must not exceed the lowest price the
publisher has charged for the same textbook anywhere in the continental United
States for similar quantities exclusive of shipping costs.
(b) Guarantee that there is no subversive or
sectarian doctrine, as determined by the laws of Nevada and the United States,
in any of the textbooks covered by the contract.
[315:32:1956]—(NRS A 1967, 171; 1981, 413)
USE OF TEXTBOOKS
NRS 390.220 Enforcement by board of trustees of use of prescribed textbooks;
exception for charter schools. Boards
of trustees of school districts in this State shall enforce in the public
schools, excluding charter schools, the use of textbooks prescribed and adopted
by the State Board.
[321:32:1956]—(NRS A 1967, 171; 1997, 1871)
NRS 390.230 Use of prescribed textbooks; exceptions; penalty.
1. Except as otherwise provided in
subsection 2, the textbooks adopted by the State Board must be used in the
public schools in this State, and no other books may be used as basic
2. This section does not prohibit:
(a) The continued use of such textbooks
previously approved until they become unserviceable.
(b) The use of supplemental textbooks purchased
by a school district with the approval of the Superintendent of Public
(c) After approval by the State Board, the
temporary use of textbooks for tryout purposes.
(d) A charter school from using textbooks other
than those adopted for use by the State Board.
3. Any school officer or teacher who
violates the provisions of this chapter, or knowingly fails to follow the
regulations of the State Board relating to use of textbooks shall be punished
by a fine of not more than $250.
4. All superintendents, principals,
teachers and school officers are charged with the execution of this section.
[322:32:1956]—(NRS A 1967, 171, 564; 1979, 1467,
1600; 1981, 413; 1997,
NRS 390.400 Approval for use in public schools; exception for charter
schools; actions subject to review by State Board.
1. The Department shall approve or
disapprove lists of books for use in public school libraries except for the
libraries of charter schools. Such lists must not include books containing or
including any story in prose or poetry the tendency of which would be to
influence the minds of children in the formation of ideals not in harmony with
truth and morality or the American way of life, or not in harmony with the
Constitution and laws of the United States or of the State of Nevada.
2. Actions of the Department with respect
to lists of books are subject to review and approval or disapproval by the
[24:32:1956]—(NRS A 1979, 1570; 1997, 1841; 2013, 2634)—(Substituted
in revision for NRS 385.240)