Electronic textbooks; use in kindergarten through grade 12. (HB742)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elementary and secondary schools; electronic textbooks. Specifies that a local school board's contracts and purchase orders with publishers of textbooks approved by the Board for use in kindergarten through grade 12 shall allow for the purchase of printed textbooks, printed textbooks with electronic files, or electronic textbooks separate and apart from printed versions of the same textbook. Under current law, contracts and purchase orders for textbooks in these three forms is only permitted for textbooks to be used in grades six through 12. The bill also clarifies that if a local school board decides to purchase an electronic textbook, it shall provide it to each student free of charge. The bill finally requires the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Technology, to report annually to the General Assembly on (i) the level of broadband connectivity of each local school division, and (ii) the ability of each student within each school division to access electronic textbooks, both at school and outside of school. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101191D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/27/2014Referred from Science and Technology
01/27/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/27/2014Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/04/2014Reconsideration by Subcommittee by voice vote
02/04/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Education