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From the ECS State Policy Database
Technology--Funding Issues


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State Status/Date Level Summary
IDSigned into law 04/2014P-12Schools, wireless technology
S.B. 1410
Establishes criteria that districts must meet to be eligible to receive state funds for wireless technology infrastructure serving grades 9-12. The citeria includes:
(1) Functionality - Requires that the wireless must ensure coverage such that there is suffic...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014P-12Education Technology Infrastructure Funding
S.B. 159
Repeals the Technology for Education Act and amends sections of the Public School Capital Outlay Act to allow the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) to expend up to $10 million annually
from FY14 through FY19 for an education technology infrastructu...

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ALSigned into law 05/2012P-12Electronic Textbooks, Wireless Electronic Devices, and Bonds
H.B. 165
Establishes the Alabama Ahead Act. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, requires provision of electronic textbooks and other instructional materials to all grade 9-12 students and teachers in districts that choose to participate, to the extent approved elec...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Online Learning
S.B. 289 - Online Learning
Directs the state board to establish rules and regulations to maximize the number of students, beginning with students entering ninth grade in the 2014-2015 school year (Class of 2018), who complete at least one course containing online learning through (1) an...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Funding Online/Blended Learning
H.B. 7063 - Funding Online/Blended Learning
Permits a student in grades K-5 to be counted as a full-time equivalent (FTE) in a virtual instruction program (policy previously allowed FTE count only of students in grades 6-12). Requires district providing instruction to report FTE students, rather than di...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Digital Instructional Materials Work Group
H.B. 5101 - Digital Instructional Materials Work Group
From bill analysis: Creates the Digital Instructional Materials Work Group. The purpose of the 8 member group is to plan and monitor the implementation of the transition to digital instructional materials. Directs the group to submit a plan to the legislature ...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Courses Offered Through State Virtual School Network
S.B. 1
Permits a student to enroll in a course provided through the state virtual school network if the student is either under 21 or under 26 and entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program under Section 42.003. Directs each district or open-enrollment...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Technology-Related Funding
H.B. 200 - Technology-Related Funding
Effective June 30, 2011, ends specified funding for (1) the School Connectivity Initiative and (2) the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University to evaluate the effectiveness of using technology and its impact on 21st-century teaching and learning ou...

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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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MESigned into law 06/2011P-12Digital Learning
S.P. 161
Requires the Commissioner of Education to develop a program of technical assistance, including professional development and training for instruction in digital literacy and the establishment of a clearinghouse for information on the use of online learning reso...

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WASigned into law 04/2011Community CollegeStudent Fees
H.B. 1909
Enhances the community and technical college system by making the maximum use of certain technologies. Creates the
community and technical college innovation account to pay and secure the payment of the principal of and interest on financing
contracts and to...

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IDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Students Come First
S.B. 1184
The Students Come First legislation relates to public school modernization and reform. The legislature has a duty to ensure that state's schools are on firm financial ground. To ensure the state can educate more students at a higher level with limited resource...

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IDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Online learning
S.B. 1184 -Online Learning
Requires the State Board of Education to create digital citizenship standards, and to consider adding online courses as a graduation requirement for the class of 2016.

Creates a task force to study and develop plans for implementation of online courses, one-...

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IDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Public School Technology
S.B. 1184 - Technology
Provides high school teachers with mobile computing devices first in the rollout beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Provides one-third of high school students access to mobile computing devices beginning with the 2013-2014 school year until all students...

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AZSigned into law 05/2010P-12Joint Technological Education Finance
H.B. 2127
Relates to joint technological education and the formula for funding students enrolled in both a local district and a joint technological education program at a community college or career education and technological education center. Allows a school district ...

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OKSigned into law 02/2010P-12Technology Purchasing
S.B. 749
Allows issuance of bonds for purchase of hardware and software equipment necessary for implementation and training; adds electronic media, perpetual or continuous district software license agreements to the definition of the word school equipment. http://www.s...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Education Technology Task Force
A.B. 836
Adds Article 15.1., "Education Technology Task Force" to the education code. Defines "technology literacy". Establishes a task force for education technology to make preliminary recommendations on technology literacy model standards for grades 7-12. Specifies ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12School Technology Revolving Loan Fund
S.B. 611 - School Technology Revolving Loan Fund
Allows nonpublic schools that are recognized by the state board of education to apply for a loan under the School Technology Revolving Loan Fund. However, provides that priority must be given to public school districts, charter schools, area vocational centers...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Educational Technology Services, Information Technology Centers
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.075 and 3301.076
From DOE summary of H.B. 1:

Eliminates current law that permits the department to contract with an independent for-profit or nonprofit entity to provide information on Ohio government through the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN) to school district libra...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12Technology
S.B. 1637
Provides that provisions of the State Technology Assistance Project, which provides a regionalized network of technical assistance to schools and school districts and funding to districts, on the implementation of education technology, remain in effect through...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008P-12Assorted Amendments to the School Code
S.B. 2482
Repeals the Professional Development Block Grant. Amends requirements related to annual census for special education, such that census must include students age 3 to 21 (rather than birth to 21) receiving special education services. Eliminates requirement that...

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PASigned into law 07/2008P-12
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Budget Bill -
H.B. 1067
Sets the school finance distribution formula based primarily on what it will take for students to meet the state's academic standards. The amount is based largely on the findings of the 2007 Costing-Out Study. Provides for a transferring pupil's disciplinary r...

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AZSigned into law 05/2008P-12
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Community College

S.B. 1340
Exempts from sales and use taxation application services, defined as software applications provided remotely using hypertext transfer protocol or another network protocol, that are designed to assess or test student learning or to promote curriculum design or ...

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TNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Formula to Guide Technology Appropriations
S.B. 3286
Any K-12 education funding appropriated outside the basic education program (BEP) for technology, internet, internet connectivity, or elearning is to be distributed according to a formula adopted by the state board of education. At least half of the funds so a...

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NESigned into law 04/2008P-12Learning Communities, Telecommunication Services
L.B. 1154
From the fiscal note: LB 1154 pertains to learning communities. Section 8 changes the requirements for transportation of students in a learning community. Free transportation is to be provided to a student contributing to the socioeconomic diversity of enrollm...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Using Capital Funds for Technology
H.B. 1280
Adds a new section. States that the legislature recognizes that technology has become an integral part of the facilities and educational delivery systems in our schools. In order to prepare our state's students to participate fully in our state's economy, scho...

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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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COSigned into law 04/2006P-12Online Course Reimbursement
H.B. 1008
Concerns reimbursement for supplemental on-line education courses. School districts and charter schools may receive reimbursement for all or a portion of the costs incurred in purchasing supplemental online education courses for students in grades 6-12. For ex...

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LAIssued 11/2005P-12E-Rate Oversight Committee
Executive Order 104
Also referred to as Executive Order No. KBB 05-83. Authorizes an E-Rate Oversight Committee to work under the guidance of the Universal Service Administrative Authority and the Federal Communications Commission on the rebuilding of school and library technolog...

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INSigned into law 05/2005P-12Grants for Technology Plans
H.B. 1001 (Section 127)
Rewrites IC 20-20-13-18 on uses of school technology. Requires grants for technology plans to fund uses that promote 1:1 computing infrastructure, e-learning and other uses of technology approved by the department of education.

http://www.in.gov/legislative/...

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NMSigned into law 04/2005P-12Educational Technology
H.B. 511
Creates the Educational Technology Deficiency Correction Fund.
No later than September 1, 2005, the Education Technology Bureau will define and develop minimum educational technology adequacy standards to supplement the adequacy standards developed by the publ...

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IDSigned into law 04/2005P-12Division of Operations
S.B. 1223
A portion of this bill repeals fiscal support for the Idaho student information management system (ISIMS) in section 33-120A of the Idaho Code, beginning with fiscal year 2005-2006. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1223.html...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Digital Conversion of Educational Television
H.B. 1268
Concerns the Department of Education educational television division general network maintenance and digital conversion phase III general improvement appropriation. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/hb1268.pdf...

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MISigned into law 09/2004P-122005 School Aid Budget
S.B. 1069
Freedom to Learn Grants
The Executive appropriates $5 million to continue to purchase
wireless technology for 6th grade pupils; this is a reduction of $17
million from the FY 2004 appropriation level. Maintains the federal
funds at $17.3 million. The Senate co...

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NHSigned into law 05/2004P-12Universal Service Telephone Charges
H.B. 1221
Urges the oversight committee on telecommunications to study aspects of federal universal service funding; requires the commissioner of the department of education to develop and distribute to districts instructions on the proper methods for application for th...

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RIRule Adoption 11/2003P-12Telecommunication Education Access Fund
(Uncodified)
Establishes a program and funding mechanism for qualified libraries and schools (K to 12) to assist in paying the cost of acquiring, installing and using telecommunications technologies to access the internet. RHODE ISLAND REG 1990 (SN)...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12School Technology Revolving Loan Program
H.B. 2354
Amends a Section of the School Code concerning the School Technology Revolving Loan Program. Provides that funds may be used for the purpose of making the integration of technology in the classroom possible. Provides that loans shall be made available to publi...

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IDSigned into law 04/2003P-12Digital Learning Academy
S.B. 1170
Directs the board of directors of the Idaho Digital Learning Academy to set fees charged to school districts for student participation, fees charged for summer school and fees charged to students and adults for professional development offerings; clarifies tha...

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COSigned into law 03/2003P-12Technology Learning Grant
S.B. 198
Concerns the elimination of the technology learning grant and revolving loan program.http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/pubhome.nsf...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Establishes the Education Technology Grant Program
S.B. 192
Establishes the Education Technology Grant Program of 2002. Provides technology education grants for schools serving pupils in grades 4 to 8 consistent with the federal Enhancing Children Through Technology Act of 2001....

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MTSigned into law 08/2002P-12School Technology Fund Revenues Temporarily Eliminated
H.B. 4
Reduces the General Fund shortfall in revenue by temporarily eliminating the revenue dedicated to the School Technology Fund; includes income produced from the annual timber harvest on common school trust lands. http://www.ecs.org/html/offsite.asp?document=htt...

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KSSigned into law 06/2002P-12Funding for KAN-ED Network
S.B. 614
Relates to funding and requirements for contracts with telecommunications carriers for provision of broadband access of the KAN-ED network; relates to a broadband technology-based network to which schools, libraries and hospitals may connect for broadband Inte...

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AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12Computer Hardware Purchases
H.B. 2165
Defines "computer hardware." Prohibits Class B bonds proceeds from being expended on computer hardware. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/legtext/45leg/2r/bills/hb2165h.htm...

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ORApproved by voters 05/2002P-12
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Constitutional Amendment
V. 1
(Ballot Measure No. 10) Proposes a Constitutional Amendment in that the state may hold and dispose of stock received in exchange for technology created in whole or in part by a public institution of post- secondary education received prior to December 5, 2002,...

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FLSigned into law 04/2002P-12Communications Services Rates for Educational Institutions
H.B. 1511
Revises various provisions relating to communications services taxation; provides a transition rule for reduced local communications services tax rates; defines religious institution and educational institution for purposes of sales of communications services;...

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WASigned into law 03/2002P-12Technology Part of Capital Projects
S.B. 6515
Relates to clarifying the uses of the school district capital projects fund to include the costs of implementing technology facilities plans; includes costs associated with implementing technology systems, facilities, and projects, including acquiring hardward...

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IDSigned into law 03/2002P-12Funds for Idaho Council for Technology in Learning
H.B. 737
Provides that of the moneys allocated for one time technology expenditures in House Bill No. 683 of the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, a specified amount may be used by the Idaho Council for Technology in Learning to match technol...

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MASigned into law 12/2001P-12Funding for technology training/infrastructure and a music education initiative
H.B. 4797A
Creates the Capital Needs Investment Trust Fund, which sets aside money for education technology; provides for statewide systems and competitive grants for districts that use technology to increase student achievement; funds the virtual education space, an onl...

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CASigned into law 10/2001P-12Creation of High Tech Schools
A.B. 620
Establishes the High-Tech Schools Grant Program to provide grants to eligible school districts or charter schools for the purpose of establishing new high-tech high schools. Provides that the grant program be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instru...

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NYSigned into law 07/2001P-12Donated Computers
S.B. 5248
Extends the expiration date of the provisions of a section of the General Municipal Law, authorizing municipalities to donate surplus computers, computer equipment and computer software to public schools, public libraries, other public and private institutions...

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ORSigned into law 07/2001Postsec.Higher Education Technology Transfer Fund Board
S.B. 101, S.B. 102
Establishes Higher Education Technology Transfer Fund Board to promote higher education institution technology transfers and to manage fund; directs board to disburse moneys received from fund to eligible higher education institutions. http://www.leg.state.or...

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NVSigned into law 06/2001P-12Technology & Signing Bonuses for Teachers
S.B. 427
Appropriates $9,950,000 for technology grants for fiscal years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003: $1,250,000 per year for grants for the minimal level necessary to provide a networked computer for each classroom; $1,250,000 per year in grants for repair, replacement and...

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NESigned into law 05/2001P-12Distance Education Funding
L.B. 833
Changes the allocation of the Education Innovation Fund in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The bill provides that up to 20% of the Education Innovation Fund (lottery proceeds), not to exceed $1.5 million per fiscal year, will be granted for a distance education network c...

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MTSigned into law 05/2001P-12Depreciation of Technology Equipment & Bonds for Technology
S.B. 313
Authorizes a district to depreciate technological equipment as an authorized use of the Technology Acquisition and Depreciation Fund; requires voter approval for a levy to increase the districts funds to support technology....

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INSigned into law 04/2001P-12School technology fund
S.B. 454
Makes various changes concerning school accounting and school business officers; removes provisions requiring certain money to be deposited in the school technology fund....

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NMSigned into law 04/2001P-12Technology Lease-Purchases
S.B. 533
Authorizes the lease-purchase of technology equipment for schools....

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12Tax Deductions for Contributions
H.B. 281
Relates to an individual income tax deduction for contributions for education to allow for contributions made to applied technology centers or applied technology service centers....

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Technology Funds
S.B. 1057
Clarifies that funds provided for educational technology may be used for career and technical education and vocational programs as well as academic programs....

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DESigned into law 07/2000P-12Technology Grant Program
S.B. 412
Establishes a technology block grant to be administered by the Delaware Center for Educational Technology and the Department of Education; relates to bond funds to provide computer access to all students in Delaware shall be maintained by a combination of Stat...

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CASigned into law 06/2000P-12
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Computer Grant Program
A.B. 2882
Establishes the Education Technology Grant Program to provide one time grants to school districts and charter schools to acquire or lease computers for instructional purposes. Requires the Office of the Secretary for Education to administer the application pro...

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COSigned into law 06/2000Postsec.Creation of Advanced Technology Fund for Postsecondary Education
H.B. 1430
Concerns the creation of the Advanced Technology Fund for use by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education....

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COSigned into law 05/2000Postsec.Tax Credits for Contributions
H.B. 1052
Concerns an income tax credit for monetary contributions to the Colorado Institute for Telecommunication Education....

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COSigned into law 05/2000Postsec.Creation of Colorado High Technology Scholarships
H.B. 1355
Concerns high technology scholarships; establishes the Colorado High Technology Scholarship Program; creates a credit against state income tax for monetary contributions made to fund high technology scholarships awarded through the program....

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MNSigned by governor 05/2000P-12Telecommunications Access Funding
H.B. 3800
Establishes a new categorical aid to fund telecommunication access for two years: FY 2001 and FY 2002. Requires the commissioner of CFL, in cooperation with the commissioner of administration and the Minnesota education telecommunication council, to recommend ...

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INSigned into law 03/2000P-12Savings from Telecommunications Act
S.B. 393
Establishes a method for determining the amount of money saved by a school corporation as the result of universal service discounts under the federal Telecommunications Act of 1966; delays the deadline for the initial filing of school corporation reports conce...

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NMSigned into law 03/2000P-12Technology Equity
S.B. 214
Relates to the educational technology fund distribution; provides an equity adjustment to assure minimum distributions to school districts from the educational technology fund....

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