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WAC 392-190-055

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Textbooks and instructional materials—Scope—Elimination of bias.

(1) It is the intent of this section to eliminate bias pertaining to sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal in connection with any form of instruction provided by a school district.
(2) The instructional materials policy of each school district required by RCW 28A.320.230 must incorporate therein, as part of the selection criteria, a specific statement requiring the elimination of bias pertaining to sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal in all textbooks and instructional materials including reference materials and audio-visual materials.
(3) The instructional materials committee of each school district must establish and maintain appropriate screening criteria designed to identify and eliminate bias pertaining to sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal in all textbooks and instructional materials including reference materials and audio-visual materials. Such selection criteria must be consistent with the selection criteria identified in chapter 392-204 WAC, as now or hereafter amended. One of the aids to identification of bias in instructional materials is the Washington Models for the Evaluation of Bias Content in Instructional Materials published by the superintendent of public instruction.
(4) In recognition of the fact that current instructional materials which contain bias may not be replaced immediately, each school district should acquire supplemental instructional materials or aids to be used concurrent with existing materials for the purpose of countering the bias content thereof.
(5) Nothing in this section is intended to prohibit the use or assignment of supplemental instructional materials such as classic and contemporary literary works, periodicals and technical journals which, although they contain bias, are educationally necessary or advisable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.642.020 and 28A.640.020. WSR 11-09-024, § 392-190-055, filed 4/13/11, effective 5/14/11. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. WSR 90-16-002 (Order 18), § 392-190-055, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.220 [(1)](a). WSR 89-23-001 (Order 15), § 392-190-055, filed 11/2/89, effective 12/3/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.85.020, 28A.85.030 and 28A.85.050. WSR 80-09-017 (Order 80-26), § 392-190-055, filed 7/9/80; Order 6-76, § 392-190-055, filed 5/17/76.]