HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2267

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to technology in schools.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be designated and to read as follows:

"302A-   Curricular materials; digital format. (a) A publisher or manufacturer that submits printed curricular materials to be used in public schools on or after July 1, 2016, shall ensure that such printed curricular materials are also available in an equivalent digital format during the entire period in which the printed curricular materials are being used by the public schools.

(b) Moneys allocated for printed curricular materials may also be expended to purchase digital formats of the curricular materials."

SECTION 2. Section 302A-101, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

1. By adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read:

""Curricular materials" means any systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject-matter category, including textbooks, instructional materials, library books, equipment, computer software, digital content accessed through a computer or other electronic medium, digital content available through an internet-based provider of course content, or supplies used in a particular course of study."

2. By repealing the definition of "school textbooks, instructional materials, library books, equipment, or supplies".

[""School textbooks, instructional materials, library books, equipment, or supplies" includes any book, printed matter, or other material used in a particular course of study."]

SECTION 3. Section 302A-1130.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302A-1130.6 [Textbook and instructional] Curricular materials fee special account. There is established within the department a [textbook and instructional] curricular materials fee special account, into which shall be deposited all fees and charges collected from students or their parents or guardians for the loss, destruction, breakage, or damage of [school textbooks, instructional materials, library books, equipment, or supplies.] curricular materials. Disbursements from this special account shall be expended by the department for the purposes of purchasing, replacing, or repairing [school textbooks, instructional materials, library books, equipment, or supplies.] curricular materials."

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $12,800,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for digital devices for teachers and students to use in public school classrooms.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that section 4 shall take effect on July 1, 2016.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Technology in Schools; Digital Format; Appropriation

 

Description:

Defines curricular materials to include both printed and digital material. Requires textbook manufacturers to make a digital format of the textbook available for use in public schools. Clarifies that moneys for curricular materials can be used for digital formats. Appropriates funds.

 

 

 

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