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From the ECS State Policy Database
Technology--Equitable Access


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State Status/Date Level Summary
LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Statewide Educational Technology Plan
S.B. 622
Directs the department to develop and implement a statewide educational technology plan. Requires the plan to include certain components related to infrastructure (including broadband access and bandwidth), short-term and long-term goals and standards for scho...

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FLSigned into law 06/2014P-12Florida Digital Classrooms Allocation
H.B. 5101 - Florida Digital Classrooms Allocation
Creates the Florida digital classrooms allocation to support efforts to improve student performance outcomes by integrating technology in classroom teaching and learning. Requires each district to adopt a district digital classrooms plan and to submit the plan...

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+ IASigned into law 05/2014P-12
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Appropriations Bill
S.F. 2347
By January 15, 2015, the department is required to submit a written report to the general assembly detailing the department's antibullying programming and current and projected expenditures for such programming for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.

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TNTo governor 05/2014P-12Internet Access
S.B. 2519
Requires LEAs to survey students, within one month of the start of the 2014-2015 school year, as to the availability of Internet in their homes and report results to the department of education; the department will report the results to the governor and the ed...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12Committee on Edcuation Technology and Broadband Access
S.B. 1488
Section 18: Creates the joint committee on broadband expansion and education technology and defines membership. Directs the committee to review the following: availability of state-wide high-speed internet access, particularly in rural areas; the technological...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12Student Success Fund
S.B. 1488
Section 18: Renames the performance incentive fund as the student success fund, and allows local school districts and charter schools to establish a local success fund to receive allocations from the state-level success fund. Directs the department of educatio...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Access to Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
S.B. 1692
Expands the duties of the executive director of THEC to ensure institutions develop and use electronic instructional materials and related information technology accessible to individuals with disabilities; creates the Accessibility Task Force to establish con...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12
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Utah Telehealth and Education Network Amendments
H.B. 92
Existing law provides for the Utah Education Network, or UEN. This bill repeals Utah Education Network provisions, and creates the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) and UETN board and education advisory council. Establishes duties of the UETN (K-12 ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2013P-12BOCES Contracts with Public Libraries for High-Speed Telecommunications Services
A.B. 1398
Authorizes boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to enter into contracts with public libraries for high-speed telecommunications services. Requires that any such proposed contract be approved by the commissioner of education. http://assembly.state...

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NYSigned into law 06/2013P-12Disposal of Surplus Computer Equipment to Schools and Other Entities
A.B. 6708
From bill summary: Provides three-year extension to provisions permitting the disposal of surplus computer equipment by political subdivisions to schools, libraries, and other not-for-profit organizations. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn...

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FLSigned into law 05/2013P-12Ensuring Access to Electronic and Digital Instructional Materials
S.B. 1514 - Ensuring Access to Electronic and Digital Instructional Materials
By October 2013, directs the department to publish minimum and recommended technology requirements that include specifications for hardware, software, networking, security, and guidelines on the number of students per device necessary to ensure that students c...

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KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12Task Force on Student Access to Technology
S.B. 95 - Task Force on Student Access to Technology
Directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Task Force on Student Access to Technology to develop a strategy and funding mechanism to provide 5th and 6th graders with access to devices such as laptops, tablets, netbooks, and e-readers for scho...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS)
H.B. 200 - North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS)
Requires the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) program to report to the state board and maintain an administrative office at the department of public instruction. Requires that the director of NCVPS ensure that students in rural and low-wealth count...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12
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Repeals Various Obsolete Education Provisions
H.B. 7087
Repeals provisions relating to programs that were never implemented or are no longer funded. The programs are: Digital Divide Council and the associated Pilot Project for Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Low-Income Students; the Institute on Urban ...

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WVSigned into law 03/2010P-12Instructional Resources
S.B. 631
Updates process for adopting textbooks and other instructional material; replaces the terms "textbooks", "instructional materials", and "learning technologies" with "instructional resources"; modifies the limit on adoption cycles; provides for a listing of ins...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Children's Low-Cost Laptop Act
S.B. 613
Creates the Children's Low-Cost Laptop Act. Requires the state board of education to establish a pilot project schools serving students in any grades 3-8. Provides that funds may be used to provide low-cost laptops and replacement hardware, provide teacher pro...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Technology Immersion Pilot Project
S.B. 746
Extends the technology immersion pilot project established by the state board of education for another 3 years. Extends the repeal of provisions concerning the technology immersion pilot project to August 31, 2010. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/095...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007Postsec.Information Technology Access Act
S.B. 511
Creates the Information Technology Access Act. Requires the department of human Services to convene an advisory working group to develop accessibility standards for electronic and information technology for state entities so that persons with disabilities may ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12
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Rural Technology Center Grant Program
H.B. 2235
Subject to available funds, the office shall establish a grant program under which the Office of Rural Community Affairs awards grants to public institutions of higher education, public high schools, and governmental entities located in a rural county for the ...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Instructional Computer Hardware and Technology Equipment Apportionment
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 7-a and 7-b
Section 7-a: Adds new section 753 to education code, on instructional computer hardware and technology equipment apportionment. Authorizes a district to be eligible for an apportionment for approved expenses for:
(1) The purchase or lease of micro and/or mini...

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WVSigned into law 03/2007P-1221st Century Tools for Schools Technology Initiative
S.B. 603
Establishes the 21st Century Tools for 21st Century Schools Technology Initiative to replace, enhance and fund current technology programs in schools; requires the development of a 21st Century Strategic Technology Learning Plan under the initiative and sets f...

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CAVetoed 08/2006P-12School Techology Access Data
S.B. 812
Requires the State Department of Education to establish common data elements to determine the extent of educational technology access and instructional integration in public schools. Requires the department to consider and recommend appropriate methods to coll...

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FLSigned into law 06/2006P-12Discounted Computers and Internet Access Program
H.B. 765
Relates to students, computers and internet access; creates a program to offer discounted computers and Internet access to public school students and students in home education programs in grades 5 through 12; requires DOE to negotiate terms with computer manu...

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CAVetoed 09/2005P-12Measuring Educational Technology Access and Instructional Integration
S.B. 1006
An act to add Section 33126.4 to the Education Code, relating to schools. - Schools: educational technology access and instructional integration. This bill would require the State Department of Education, on or before January 1, 2007, to establish common data ...

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MEIssued 06/2005P-12
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Community College
An Order to Create the PK-20 Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Board and other Committees
Executive Order
Creates the PK-20 Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Board, the Broadband Access Infrastructure Board and the Telecommunciations Infrastructure Steering Committee. Defines purpose, objectives, duties and membership of each. Implementation costs...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Education Technology
A.B. 2706
Repeals the obsolete provisions that established the Commission on Technology in Learning law and specified its duties. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to ensure school districts have access to technical assistance on the implementation of ed...

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CASigned into law 10/2003Postsec.Disabled Students: Technology Access
S.B. 302
Declares the Legislature intended to apply existing provisions requiring compliance with the accessibility requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations for improving accessibility of persons with disabilities to elect...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Equivalent Access to Technology for Students with Disabilities
S.B. 226
Defines "computer-based technology" as computer hardware or software used by teachers and students in the delivery of an instructional program. Requires state superintendent and secretary of business and economic development to ensure that specifications in a...

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ALSigned into law 05/2001P-12More Computers in the Classroom
H.J.R. 217
Establishes the Digital Divide Coalition Study Committee. This committee will attempt to place more computers in Alabama classrooms....

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Computers to Indigent Students
H.B. 805
Permits school divisions to donate obsolete hardware and software to be replaced pursuant to the technology replacement program to indigent public school students as provided in guidelines to be promulgated by the Board of Education; requires the guidelines to...

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