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First Substitute H.B. 343
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill places restrictions on the use of paper textbooks in certain situations.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . beginning July 1, 2013, requires schools to designate certain classrooms in which no
13 paper textbooks will be used unless exempted by a local school board or charter
14 school governing board.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 53A-12-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 299
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 53A-12-204 is amended to read:
25 53A-12-204. Paper textbooks prohibited in certain classrooms -- Purchase of
26 textbooks by school districts or charter schools -- Sales to pupils -- Free textbooks --
27 Textbooks provided to teachers -- Payment of costs -- Rental of textbooks.
28 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3), beginning July 1, 2013, each year, a public
29 school shall designate at least one classroom in which no paper textbooks will be used.
30 (2) In designating a classroom as required in Subsection (1), a public school shall
32 (a) for an elementary school, one classroom per grade; and
33 (b) for a secondary school, one classroom per subject.
34 (3) A local school board or charter school governing board may exempt a school from
35 the requirements of Subsection (1).
37 the State Board of Education, may purchase textbooks for use in the public schools directly
38 from the publisher at prices and terms approved by the state board and may sell those [
39 textbooks to pupils in grades [
42 provide, free of charge, textbooks and workbooks required for courses of instruction for each
43 child attending public schools whose parent or guardian is financially unable to purchase them.
45 Family Employment Program, supplemental security income, or who are in the custody of the
46 Division of Child and Family Services within the Department of Human Services are eligible
47 for free textbooks and workbooks under this section.
49 purchase all books necessary for teachers to conduct their classes.
51 operating funds, the textbook fund, or from other available funds.
53 than full cost [
54 remain the property of the school district or charter school.
56 textbooks instead of purchasing them or providing them free of charge, the [
57 school district or charter school shall waive rental fees for a child whose parent or guardian is
58 financially unable to pay the rental fee. The children considered eligible under Subsection [
59 (6) are also eligible for the purposes of this Subsection [
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