HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-087

Sam Baxter
Requested Information
HCPSS Policy 8040, Selection of Instructional Materials, provides a procedure for approval and removal of instructional materials in classrooms and media centers.

I am requesting:
1. A list of all materials that have been reviewed by the Instructional Materials Criteria/Review Committee from October 2021 to the present including the final determination for each book (retain or remove).
2. All existing meeting minutes, committee member notes, and other documents that shed light on the reasoning of the committee and individual members for and against retention of each book to include the number of committee members for the removal of each book and the number of committee members against the removal of each book.
3. Any other HCPSS documentation of the reasons considered for retention, reasons considered for removal, and reasons for final determination on the question of retention or removal of each book.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
For the one item from the list above for which a final determination has been made, attached is available documentation regarding reasons for or against retention of each book. Please note, no minutes are taken during review committee meetings. Under MPIA GP § 4-330, we have redacted sociological information where it contains race or similar information identifying an individual’s protected class status and/or has the potential to pose a risk to individual safety or privacy.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.