(a)  Members of the Textbook Commission are appointed according to the provisions of G.S. 115C‑87.  In recommending persons for appointment to the Commission, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is requested to recommend and the Governor is requested to approve the appointment of at least on member from each of the eight educational districts of the state.

(b)  The duties of the Textbook Commission are contained in G.S. 115C‑88 and 115C‑89.  Commission members shall make recommendations for each textbook presented for adoption based on the requirements of the call letter for the textbook as approved by the SBE.  The SBE shall prescribe the format for the Commission's recommendations to the SBE for adoption of textbooks.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction will assign to members of the Department responsibility for assisting the Textbook Commission in the performance of its duties.

(c)  Before beginning to evaluate textbooks, commission members shall participate in an orientation and training session planned by the Chairman of the SBE and the Superintendent and presented under the direction of the Superintendent.  The Superintendent shall hold the orientation session as soon as possible after the appointment of new members to the Commission or after changes in the statutes and regulations relating to textbook adoptions.

(d)  As prescribed in Rule .0206 of this Section, the Textbook Commission appoints the members of the Regional Textbook Evaluation Advisory Committees and directs them in the performance of their duties.

(e)  The Commission may meet with representatives of publishers to discuss the Commission's plans and procedures for adoption of textbooks.  At no time may the Commission or any of its members meet privately with any publisher's representative.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 115C‑89;

Eff. March 1, 1990.