Electronic textbooks; prohibits school board from making available for use by students in residence. (HB1915)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Access to electronic textbooks. Prohibits school boards from making electronic textbooks available for use by students in their residence or residences unless the school board implements measures to ensure that every student in the local school division has access to a personal computing device approved by the Board and access to internet service in his residence or residences. The bill permits a local school board to establish a pilot program for the use of electronic textbooks at any secondary school in the local school division provided that (i) each student at the secondary school has access to a personal computing device approved by the Board and access to internet service in his residence or residences and (ii) the secondary school is receiving federal funds pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, P.L. 89-10, as amended, or no more than 5% of the students in the local school division or 300 children, whichever is greater, participate in the pilot program. Amends § 22.1-241, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101813D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1915)
02/05/2013Left in Science and Technology

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I appreciate that there are real problems here, with some students having access to this information and others not having access, but to deliberately hobble the kids who do have access is the stuff of "Harrison Bergeron."