Organizations, institutions, and individuals at times develop materials that are offered to schools free or inexpensively. As a general rule, sponsored materials present a particular point of view, and extreme care must be exercised in evaluating and using them. The responsibility for using sponsored materials rests with the certified staff member who recommends its use. In any questionable instance, the principal should be informed and shall decide whether its use is in the best interests of the students.
Sponsored materials must meet the same basic selection criteria as any other learning material, as well as the following special criteria.