Board Policy & Administrative Regulation

Board Policy 6161.1

Administrative Regulation 6161.1

Administrative Regulation 6161.12

New titles proposed for Board of Education approval for fall 2019

Refugee (Grade 8)
Alan Gratz
Title Description

All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.


The Crossover (Grade 6)
Kwame Alexander
Title Description

The Crossover is a 2015 children's book by American author Kwame Alexander and the winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award Honor. The book, which is told entirely through verse, was first published in the United States in hardback on March 18, 2014 through HMH Books for Young Readers.


Great Expectations (Grade 8)
Dickens
Title Description

Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel: a bildungsroman that depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person.


Fahrenheit 451 (Grade 8)
Bradbury
Title Description

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found.

Important Dates

August 20, 2019 - Information to the Board of Education

August 22, 2019 - Preview Night, 6 PM - 8 PM, CVUSD Board Room NEW

August 27, 2019 - Preview Night, 6 PM - 8 PM, CVUSD Board Room NEW

September 3, 2019 – Information item, second read

September 17, 2019 – Action item, vote for potential adoption

Core Literature Selection Adoption Process

  1. During the English Language Arts (ELA) Articulation meeting a teacher presents a book with rationale for possible adoption to core literature list. The ELA Articulation committee meets three times a year and is composed of the ELA department chairs from each secondary school, as well as school site and district administrators.
  2. Other members of the articulation group may agree to read the book for review and discussion at the following articulation meeting. Or, if other members have read the proposed book the articulation committee votes to move the proposal to Secondary Curriculum Advisory Council (SCAC).
  3. Book is presented with rationale to SCAC by the ELA articulation committee representatives.
  4. Titles recommended by the English Articulation Committee will be submitted to SCAC for recommendation to the board of education.
  5. Title of proposed material is placed on public agenda 72 hours in advance of the board of education meeting.
  6. Titles recommended to the Board of Education for adoption will adhere to the following process:
    • BOE Meeting 1 - Presentation and Information item only
    • BOE Meeting 2 - Information item, discussion & community input
    • BOE Meeting 3 - Action item, vote for potential adoption
  7. After the material is proposed to the board of education as an information item during BOE Meeting 1, the books will be available for the parents and community to preview in multiple languages, as available, at CVUSD District Office and school sites.
  8. Parent/community will have an opportunity to speak at public comments at each of the BOE meetings as described in #6 above and prior to the BOE vote to either approve or deny the adoption of the core literature novel.
  9. If adopted, and as per Administrative Regulation 6161.12, all 9-12 English teachers’ syllabi will include a uniform letter from the District (AR 6161.12 Exhibit A) that outlines the parents’/guardians’ opportunity to review each core literature title and request an alternative assignment, along with the process for submitting an alternative assignment request form. The letter will include a parent/guardian acknowledgment signature and the following statement: Student and parents/guardians have the choice to request an alternative assignment.
  10. All core literature titles are available to be checked out of the school’s library and/or the Instruction Office at the CVUSD District Office, and will be available in multiple languages to the extent available by the publisher. Parents/guardians are encouraged to preview materials in advance of the unit of study, as some titles may include mature content.
  11. Students and parents/guardians must be informed of all core literature titles selected for use during the school year no later than the high school’s Back to School Night.