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Instructional Materials; Electronic Format   

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(a) The department shall, as a pilot program, authorize 12 schools to request publishers to make instructional materials available for purchase in an electronic multimedia format pursuant to subdivision (e). A school district shall apply on behalf of a school to participate in the pilot program. Before authorizing a school to participate in the pilot program, the department shall certify that the school district that is applying on behalf of the school has no unmet needs for instructional materials. A school district shall seek funding from the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology Program or through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. SEC. 6301 et seq.) or other discretionary funds for purposes of the pilot program. Participating schools may also use moneys from the State Instructional Materials Fund, pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 60240) of Chapter 2 of Part 33, for purchase of instructional materials for the pilot program.

(b) The 12 schools shall be selected as follows:

(1) Four schools located in the northern region of the state, two of which are located in urban or suburban areas, and two of which are located in rural areas. No less than one of the four schools shall be a school ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, of the 2003 Academic Performance Index, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 17592.70.

(2) Four schools located in the central region of the state, two of which are located in urban or suburban areas, and two of which are located in rural areas. No less than one of the four schools shall be a school ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, of the 2003 Academic Performance Index, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 17592.70.

(3) Four schools located in the southern region of the state, two of which are located in urban or suburban areas, and two of which are located in rural areas. No less than one of the four schools shall be a school ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, of the 2003 Academic Performance Index, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 17592.70.

(c) The department shall notify the school districts about the pilot program through the use of their Internet Web site and electronic mail by March 1, 2007.

(d) The deadline to apply for the pilot program is September 1, 2007. The department shall select the schools for the pilot program by December 31, 2007.

(e) (1) Upon adoption by the state board of basic instructional materials for use in kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, a publisher that makes the instructional materials available to a school district in a hard copy format may, on a voluntary basis, and at the request of a school district selected for the pilot program, make the instructional materials available for purchase by that school district in an electronic multimedia format.

(2) Upon adoption of basic instructional materials for use in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, by the governing board of a school district that maintains a high school, a publisher that makes the instructional materials available to a school district in a hard copy format may, on a voluntary basis, and at the request of a school district selected for the pilot program, make the instructional materials available for purchase by that school district in an electronic multimedia format.

(3) This subdivision applies to a publisher only if the owner of the copyright for the instructional materials grants to the publisher the electronic reproduction rights for those materials.

(4) A school district that purchases instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format pursuant to this subdivision shall comply with the instructional materials requirements of this part pertaining to those particular instructional materials.

(5) (A) A school district that purchases instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format pursuant to this subdivision shall do both of the following:

(i) Provide a pupil that receives instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format access to a working computer that can operate the programs necessary to view the instructional materials.

(ii) Purchase sufficient instructional materials in a hard copy format to use as a replacement of instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format for a pupil who does not have access to a working computer that can operate the programs necessary to view the instructional materials, and who has requested, or whose parent or guardian has requested, instructional materials in a hard copy format.

(B) If a pupil does not have access to a working computer that can operate the programs necessary to view the instructional materials, the school district shall provide the pupil with instructional materials in a hard copy format.

(6) If a publisher is unable to provide adopted instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format pursuant to this subdivision, the state board may authorize a school that participates in the pilot program to select and use alternate instructional materials in an electronic multimedia format that are aligned with state content standards and have been reviewed by the California Learning Resources Network.

(7) This subdivision applies only to basic instructional materials for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, that are adopted by the state board on or after January 1, 2000, and to basic instructional materials for grades 9 to 12, inclusive, that are adopted by the governing board of a school district on or after January 1, 2000.

(f) A school that participates in the pilot program shall ensure that each pupil is provided with the electronic equipment necessary to utilize instructional materials in an electronic format. If the electronic equipment requires repair or maintenance, the school shall ensure that a pupil is not denied access to a computer for more than two consecutive schooldays.

(g) By December 31, 2011, the department shall evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program, and shall report on the results of the evaluation to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature.

(h) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2016, deletes or extends that date.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 717, Sec. 1.)

Reference:

20 USC 6301 et seq.

Education Code 17592.70

Education Code 60240