Textbook aid expanded

/ 6 April 2012 / jennifer

Erin Schmidtke, Session Weekly, April 6, 2012 –

State aid for textbook purchases made by schools now may extend to software and other educational technology.

The law, sponsored by Rep. Denise Dittrich (DFL-Champlin) and Sen. Benjamin Kruse (R-Brooklyn Park), will allow districts flexibility in using those funds for materials other than traditional books.

The statute requires that these materials, as currently required of books, must be secular, non-ideological and neutral in tone. Gov. Mark Dayton signed this into law March 30. The new law takes effect July 1, 2012.