Electronic textbooks; access by students in their residence. (HB2339)

Introduced By

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


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Access to electronic textbooks and adequate connectivity. Prohibits school boards from making electronic textbooks available for use by students in their residence or residences unless the school board adopts a plan to ensure that by July 1, 2018, every student in the local school division will have access to (i) a personal computing device capable of supporting such textbooks and (ii) adequate connectivity, which the bill defines as bandwidth of at least 1 megabit per second per student. 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 (a) each student at the secondary school has access to a personal computing device capable of supporting such textbooks, (b) each student at the secondary school has access to adequate connectivity, and (c) the secondary school is receiving federal funds pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or no more than five percent 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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/23/2015Presented and ordered printed 15100765D
01/23/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/26/2015Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
02/03/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2339)
02/03/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
02/03/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/05/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Appropriations