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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1124
       By Senator Altman
       24-00955-10                                           20101124__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to instructional materials for K-12
    3         public education; amending s. 1006.28, F.S.; including
    4         computer hardware in the definition of the term
    5         “adequate instructional materials”; requiring each
    6         district school board to provide technology as needed
    7         for its educational program; amending s. 1006.40,
    8         F.S.; authorizing the use of certain funds for the
    9         purchase of computer hardware by district school
   10         boards; providing restrictions; providing an effective
   11         date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 1006.28, Florida
   16  Statutes, is amended to read:
   17         1006.28 Duties of district school board, district school
   18  superintendent; and school principal regarding K-12
   19  instructional materials.—
   20         (1) DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD.—The district school board has
   21  the duty to provide adequate instructional materials for all
   22  students in accordance with the requirements of this part. The
   23  term “adequate instructional materials” means a sufficient
   24  number of textbooks or sets of materials that are available in
   25  bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hard
   26  backed or soft-backed textbooks, consumables, learning
   27  laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media, and computer
   28  hardware, courseware, or software that serve as the basis for
   29  instruction for each student in the core courses of mathematics,
   30  language arts, social studies, science, reading, and literature,
   31  except for instruction for which the school advisory council
   32  approves the use of a program that does not include a textbook
   33  as a major tool of instruction. The district school board has
   34  the following specific duties:
   35         (a) Courses of study; adoption.—Adopt courses of study for
   36  use in the schools of the district.
   37         (b) Textbooks.—Provide for proper requisitioning,
   38  distribution, accounting, storage, care, and use of all
   39  instructional materials furnished by the state and furnish such
   40  other instructional materials as may be needed. The district
   41  school board shall assure that instructional materials used in
   42  the district are consistent with the district goals and
   43  objectives and the curriculum frameworks adopted by rule of the
   44  State Board of Education, as well as with the state and district
   45  performance standards provided for in s. 1001.03(1).
   46         (c) Other instructional materials.—Provide such other
   47  technology and teaching accessories and aids as are needed for
   48  the school district’s educational program.
   49         (d) School library media services; establishment and
   50  maintenance.—Establish and maintain a program of school library
   51  media services for all public schools in the district, including
   52  school library media centers, or school library media centers
   53  open to the public, and, in addition such traveling or
   54  circulating libraries as may be needed for the proper operation
   55  of the district school system.
   56         Section 2. Subsection (4) of section 1006.40, Florida
   57  Statutes, is amended to read:
   58         1006.40 Use of instructional materials allocation;
   59  instructional materials, library books, and reference books;
   60  repair of books.—
   61         (4) The funds described in subsection (3) which district
   62  school boards may use to purchase materials not on the state
   63  adopted list shall be used for the purchase of instructional
   64  materials or other items having intellectual content which
   65  assist in the instruction of a subject or course. These items
   66  may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may
   67  consist of hardbacked or softbacked textbooks, replacements for
   68  items which were part of previously purchased instructional
   69  materials, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives,
   70  electronic media, computer hardware, courseware, or software,
   71  and other commonly accepted instructional tools as prescribed by
   72  district school board rule. The funds available to district
   73  school boards for the purchase of materials not on the state
   74  adopted list may not be used to purchase electronic or computer
   75  hardware unless even if such hardware is bundled with software
   76  or other electronic media, nor may such funds be used to
   77  purchase equipment or supplies. However, when authorized to do
   78  so in the General Appropriations Act, a school or district
   79  school board may use a portion of the funds available to it for
   80  the purchase of materials not on the state-adopted list to
   81  purchase science laboratory materials and supplies.
   82         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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