This morning, the California State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 1154, authored by Senator Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), which would increase a school district’s ability to integrate digital textbooks into the classroom. The measure passed by a vote of 33-0.
“SB 1154 addresses the technology gap between California and the rest of the nation as well as the challenges often experienced by K-12 school districts hoping to implement digital textbooks in the classroom,” stated Walters.
Specifically, the bill requires publishers to offer textbooks in a digital format, and allows schools to purchase unbundled instructional material to meet their specific curriculum needs. SB 1154 allows school districts to create secure, online, digital textbook databases so students can have access to their textbooks online.
Walters continued, “SB 1154 will move California to the cutting edge of education technology, and bring our state up to speed with others that have enacted similar measures such as Florida, Maine, Washington, Utah, and Alabama.”
Senator Walters concluded, “SB 1154 is really about expanding local choice and empowering school districts with the flexibility to implement the digital materials that they need. By passing SB 1154 out of the Senate, our Legislature has moved California one step closer to making digital textbooks a reality for our students."