Rejected by House 3-21-2013
SB359 HFA Walters 3-21 #1
Delegates Walters, Border-Sheppard, Arvon, Shott, Hamrick,
Cowles and Ellington move to amend the bill on page
section 12, after line 32, by inserting a new section, designated
section 13, to read as follows:
Electronic textbook pilot program.
(a) The state superintendent shall establish an electronic
textbook pilot program to be implemented in three public schools in
each of the regional education service areas, which shall include
one elementary one middle and one high school in each district,
the duration of four years. The public schools designated by the
state superintendent for the pilot shall be diversified among
rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods in each area and have
significant enrollments of disadvantaged, minority and
underachieving students. The designated public schools under the
direction of the county board and county superintendent shall work
in collaboration with the state board to develop and implement
strategies that could be replicated in other public schools to
improve academic achievement and provide a more efficient method of
providing educational resources to students.
(b) As used in this section, "electronic textbook" means a
portable digital electronic device which displays a textbook or other educational materials or presentations in digital format.
(c) Beginning in January, 2014, on or before the first day of
the regular session of the Legislature, and each year thereafter,
the state superintendent shall make a status report to the
Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability and to
the state board. The report may include any recommendations based
on the progress of the demonstration project that he or she
considers either necessary for improving the operations of the
demonstration project or prudent for improving student achievement
in other public schools through replication of successful
demonstration school programs."