(b) Instructional resources approved for adoption and listed on the state multiple list shall substantially cover the required content and skills for the subject as approved by the state board. The instructional resources shall be current and the information shall be presented accurately. The instructional resources may consist of a single resource, print or electronic, or a compilation of resources, print or electronic, that together cover the required criteria established for approval as a primary instructional resource. The resources may be updated or otherwise changed and improved on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are current and accurate.
(c) On or before July 1 of each year, the state board shall classify the elementary and secondary school subjects required to be taught in the schools of our state into adoption groups by related subject fields as nearly as possible. A schedule for the periods of adoption, not to exceed six years, shall be determined by the state board. However, during the school year beginning on July 1, 2010, the state board shall develop a method by which newly developed and substantially revised instructional materials submitted by vendors or available as open resources may be reviewed for compliance with established criteria. When an instructional resource is found to be in compliance with established criteria, it may be added to the official multiple list and thereafter be available for adoption by a county board. County board instructional resources adoption committees may request a waiver of the adoption cycles from the state board. Software, print and electronic magazines, print and electronic newspapers and other print and electronic periodicals and other licensed or subscription-based instructional resources may be purchased county board for classroom use to supplement those items adopted on the state multiple list without having to comply with the adoption procedures provided in this article.
(d) Software, print and electronic magazines, print and electronic newspapers and print and electronic periodicals are considered to be instructional resources for purposes of special excess levies subject to the provisions of section sixteen, article eight, chapter eleven of this code when the described purpose under that section is for textbooks or instructional resources.
(e) A county board that selects an electronic instructional resource may, subject to the approval by the state board of its request to do so, choose not to renew that option before the end of the established contract period and select a new or different instructional resource from the official multiple listing before the end of the established contract period.
(f) The vendor of an adopted electronic resource, after notice of explanation to the state board, may offer an update to the navigational features or management system, or both, related to the learning technology and may update the content of the learning technology as needed to accurately reflect current knowledge or information without charge. Vendor changes to the electronic resources may not require the purchase of a new operating system during the established contract period. Vendors shall continue to provide support for the version adopted.
(g) The state board shall adopt guidelines and procedures for updates and changes to electronic instructional resources submitted by vendors.
(b) All bids or proposals shall be under seal, and each bidder shall deposit in the State Treasury such sum of money as the state board may designate, such deposit to be not less than $1,000, and not more than $3,000 and such deposit shall be forfeited to the general school fund if such bidder shall fail or refuse to make and execute such contract and bond as are herein required in case of acceptance of all or part of the vendor's bid, and otherwise shall be returned to such bidder after the contract has been made. The state board reserves the right to set the sum of money a vendor is required to deposit in the State Treasury upon submitting a bid: Provided, That the vendor has a previous history of failure or refusal to execute contracts or bonds with the State of West Virginia. The state board may set and collect review fees from publishers and vendors participating in the state instructional resources approval and adoption process.
(c) All bids shall be opened by the state board, or its designee, in public session. After considering the subject matter, product quality, general suitableness, and prices of items submitted, the state board shall, prior to March 1 of each year in which approvals for adoption are made by it, establish a committee of teachers and other educational specialists, including a sufficient number with experience with electronic instructional resources, and with the aid of the committee, shall on or before December 1, prior to county adoptions, select, approve and publish a list of items in each subject and grade in the elementary and secondary subjects required to be taught by the state board. The committee of teachers and other educational specialists shall report their recommendations to the state board on or before November 15 of the year preceding the adoption by the county board. The state board may create a standing committee of teachers and other education specialists, including a sufficient number with experience with electronic instructional resources, for each subject and grade level to review all new or revised instructional resources submitted after the initial approvals for adoption.
(b) Sample items submitted to county boards or regional education service agency selection teams remain the property of the vendor submitting them if claimed within thirty days after instructional materials have been formally adopted. Unclaimed items may be distributed free of charge by the respective county board or regional educational service agency to any school, library or individual who may have need for the sample items.
(c) Vendors claiming samples within the thirty-day period shall notify the respective board of education or regional education service agency at the time samples are submitted for study of their intent to recall the samples. All costs shall be borne by the vendors.
(d) No county or regional education service agency adoption committee is entitled to request or receive more than eight free samples of any multigrade program being considered for adoption. Any single grade level subject area items used above grade six shall be limited to five free samples per county selection committee. Any individual requesting samples in excess of these limits shall be billed by the vendor at the lowest wholesale price plus shipping. In the case of electronic instructional resources, it is sufficient for vendors to provide access for the purpose of reviewing the resources via a user name and password to a web-based resource or through on-line file transfer or download.
(b) Each vendor awarded a contract by the West Virginia Department of Education shall enter into a bond payable to the State of West Virginia in the penal sum of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000 to be approved by the state board of public works. The bond shall be executed as surety by a responsible surety company authorized to carry on its business in West Virginia. The contract shall be prepared by the Attorney General in accordance with the terms and provisions of this article. The contract shall be executed in triplicate, one copy to be held by the vendor, one by the state board and one attached to the bond filed with the board of public works.
(c) Bonds required of successful vendors shall provide that:
(1) The vendor will furnish any of the instructional resources on the multiple list under vendors contract for the period of the adoption, from the date of the bond, to any county school unit, a dealer appointed by the county, or any state board approved depository or depositories as defined in section seven of this article, at the lowest wholesale price contained in the bids or contracts made to any other county school unit, dealer, county, school or depository in any other state, like conditions prevailing. The state board shall determine, from time to time, the terms of the bids and contracts and may require the vendor to bear the costs of shipping, mail or transportation or offer any other financial benefit available in the highest amount paid by a vendor to any other county school unit, dealer, county or depository in any other state: Provided, That the state board shall decide whether from time to time bids and contracts for instructional resources are to be for the delivery directly to each county school unit, dealer appointed by the county, county or to each depository or depositories, or any combination thereof, under this section.
(2) The vendor will automatically reduce the prices in West Virginia when prices are reduced anywhere in the United States, so that no such item or items shall at any time be sold in West Virginia at a higher wholesale price than received for items elsewhere in the United States, like conditions prevailing.
(3) All items sold in West Virginia will be identical with the official samples submitted to the state board as regards quality standards, specifications, subject matter, and other particulars which may affect the value of the items. The state board may, however, during the period of the contract approve revised editions of adopted items, which will authorize a vendor to furnish such revisions. All contracts and bonds shall be filed in accordance with the appropriate state board process prior to July 1.
(b) School curriculum teams shall make their curriculum and instructional needs known to the county superintendent and selection committees prior to the consideration of any adopted grouping in accordance with the provisions of section three of this article. The county board shall, upon recommendation of the county superintendent with the aid of a committee of teachers and not later than May 1 of the year following that in which the multiple list for the group was made and approved, select from the state multiple list one or more resources to deliver instruction for a period as provided for elsewhere in this article. Counties are authorized to include nonvoting advisors from the general public in the adoption process, but shall require advisors to provide their assessment of the resources appropriate for the subject before the voting committee commences the selection process.
(c) In order to avoid duplication and to maximize resources, with agreement of all county superintendents within a regional education service agency area and subsequent regional education service agency actions, a regional education service agency instructional resources selection team may be established to conduct a review of selected resources placed on the state multiple list by the state board. The membership of the selection team will be established through agreement of the county superintendents with representation of all counties, including any nonvoting advisors from the general public. The resource selection team will provide recommendations to each county superintendent for consideration, review and adoption by each county board.
(d) County boards adopting electronic instructional resources shall ensure equity of access for all students at school and shall have a plan to provide equity of access at home if necessary through alternate avenues including, but not limited to, print, software, and hardware support.
(b) The state board may grant permission to county boards for the continued use of previously adopted resources that are listed on the most recently expired multiple list appropriate for the subject category under consideration. The continued use shall not exceed a period as designated by the state board. The state board may make such rules as it may deem necessary and expedient to carry out the provisions of this article.