Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 91,
LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT, page 454, after line 2, by adding an
appropriately numbered paragraph to read:
/ (LEG: Technology Panel) Of the Funds appropriated in X11.E.2. for Technology there is to be created a panel to study South Carolina's current and future educational technology needs and make recommendations on the distribution of technology funds to meet the needs for software, hardware, connectivity, professional development and instructional technologies for public schools. The panel would also assess the connectivity needs of the state regarding households and business, especially in rural South Carolina. The panel will provide recommendations to the House Education and Public Works Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Finance Committee no later than January 15, 2014. The panel would include three appointees from the K-12 School Technology Initiative, the State Superintendent of Education or his designee, one appointee from the Budget and Control Board's Division of State Information Technology, one appointee from the South Carolina Telecommunications Association, three appointees from higher education institutions and/or the Commission on Higher Education, The Secretary of Commerce or his designee, one appointee from a School District serving less than 2,000 pupils, one appointee from a School District serving between 2,001 and 5,000 pupils and one appointee from a school district serving more than 5,000 pupils each made by the Superintendent of Education. Staff for the panel will be provided by legislative staff to include the Education Oversight Committee if requested. Members shall serve without compensation./
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