The State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission are responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks and instructional materials to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) for approval. Once the SBE has approved a list of textbooks and instructional materials, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks and instructional materials to use in their districts. The department administers and coordinates the bidding, reviewing, listing, adoption, and approval process for textbooks and instructional materials used by Tennessee schools. The department also implements the rules, policies, and procedures established by the Tennessee Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission regarding textbooks and instructional materials. Textbook and instructional materials shall be defined as any medium or manual of instruction that contains a systematic presentation of the principles of a subject and which constitutes a major instructional vehicle for that subject. Publishers shall file with the textbook contract a good and sufficient bond with a surety company authorized to do business in this state in the sum of $10,000 and conditioned upon the faithful performance of all conditions of the contract and TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 22.
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