An Act To Support and Encourage the Use of Online Textbooks
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §254, sub-§13 is enacted to read:
The technical assistance must include, but is not limited to:
The program of technical assistance provided by the department may be used by those schools and educators who choose to provide instruction in digital literacy and who choose to use online learning resources, including best practices in the use of open educational resources and open-source textbooks. The program of technical assistance provided by the department must be available to all school administrative units in the State and posted on the department's publicly accessible website.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §15689-A, sub-§12-A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. C, §11, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA c. 803 is enacted to read:
DIGITAL LITERACY AND ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
§ 19251. Digital Literacy Fund
Sec. 4. Report. The Commissioner of Education shall develop a program of technical assistance under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 254, subsection 13 for use by school administrative units beginning in school year 2012-2013. The commissioner shall report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 15, 2012 on the status of the development of the program of technical assistance.
Sec. 5. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF
Digital Literacy Fund N122
Initiative: Provides base allocations for the Digital Literacy Fund to support the development of a technical assistance program that designs instructional materials that promote digital literacy, teacher professional development and training in the use of online learning resources and the implementation of a new clearinghouse for information on the use of online learning resources.
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS||2011-12||2012-13|
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL||$500||$500|