State law closely regulates how textbooks are selected and funded, empowering the State Board of Education to select conforming and nonconforming texts. Moreover, with ever-increasing technological options, traditional textbooks are only one of the many types of instructional material in use in schools. The following are resources related to textbooks, instructional materials, and copyright.
Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on textbooks and instructional materials, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
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TASB's Instructional Materials
Web Site offers links to state regulations, tutorials, and tools to help districts buy and sell instructional materials
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Instructional Materials Website provides a link to the Instructional Materials Bulletin that includes the state-adopted instructional materials and the multiple list code sheet that is intended for use during the ordering process.
- The TEA Textbook Review and Adoption Process Website details the process and includes links to resources listing the adopted instructional materials.
- The TEA Instructional Materials Ordering and Distribution Website provides an overview of the required procedures for ordering instructional materials, including Braille textbooks.
- The TEA Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Website provides an overview of the state instructional material and educational technology requirements.
- The TEA Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Proclamations Website provides links to the proclamations issued by the State Board of Education (SBOE) that notify publishers of content requirements for new instructional material and set out detailed adoption requirements.
- The TEA Educational Technology Website provides information on online educational materials.
- The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology Website provides research and reports regarding the use of technology in public schools as well as grant programs and materials for teachers to use the Internet to reach out globally.