Textbooks in public schools; availability for home use. (HB492)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Textbooks; availability for home use. Provides that each local school division shall, in providing textbooks and workbooks free of charge for each child attending public schools, ensure that such textbooks and workbooks are available in sufficient quantity to provide each student an individual copy that may be used at home unless all required course materials are available on school-issued computers that may be used by students at home. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 060271303
01/09/2006Referred to Committee on Education
01/30/2006Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2006Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2006Assigned App. sub: Elementary and Secondary Education (Tata)
02/08/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (HB492)
02/10/2006Continued to 2007 in Appropriations


Melissa Smith writes:

Whose going to pay for the extra books? These books are over $50-90 each. I am glad to see full funding from the House if this bill passes. It should not be a local burden. Plus each delegate can track down the books that don't come back at the end of the year because they are lost.

Mrs. M writes:

An increasing number of textbook companies make the entire textbook available online. Access is provided by a user code provided to each school that purchases a classroom set. This allows the most up to date version + links to related web resources and current periodials.

Money would be better spent on fully funding Instructinal Technology Resource Teachers and Tech Support Specialist!