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602.4 Pilot Experimental Innovative Projects

The board welcomes new ideas in curriculum.  Proposals for pilot or experimental projects will first be reviewed and analyzed by the superintendent. Pilot and experimental projects approved by the superintendent may be utilized in the education program, as long as they abide by Iowa Code and Iowa Department of Education guidelines.


Students, who may be or are asked to participate in a research or experimental project or program, must have their parents' written consent on file prior to participating in the project or program.  A research or experimental program or project requiring parents' prior written consent is a program or project designed to explore or develop new or unproven teaching methods or techniques.  These programs or projects are designated as research or experimental projects or programs.  The educational materials of a program or project designated as a research or experimental program or project may be inspected and reviewed by the parents of the students participating or being considered for participation in the program or project.  The inspection and review by the parents is in accordance with board policy 605.2, "Instructional Materials Inspection."


It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy and to keep the board informed.


Date Board Adopted: 12/18/2017

Date Board Updated/Reviewed: 12/18/2017


Legal Reference:          20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .10; 280.3 (20113).

            281 I.A.C. 12.5, .8.