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HouseBill Number: 3145Primary Sponsor: MeachamCommittee Number: 04Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Textbook Reform Act of 1993Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: EducationComputer Document Number: DKA/4078AL.93Introduced Date: 19930114Date of Last Amendment: 19930422Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19930427Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Meacham Simrill A. Young R. Smith Wofford Moody-Lawrence Felder Stille Vaughn Haskins Harrison H. Brown WitherspoonType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 3145 Senate 19930427 Introduced, read first time, 04 referred to Committee 3145 House 19930423 Read third time, sent to Senate 3145 House 19930422 Amended, read second time, unanimous consent for third reading tomorrow 3145 House 19930420 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 3145 House 19930114 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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April 22, 1993
Introduced by REPS. Meacham, Simrill, A. Young, R. Smith, Wofford, Moody-Lawrence, Felder,
Stille, Vaughn, Haskins, Harrison, H. Brown and Witherspoon
S. Printed 4/22/93--H.
Read the first time January 14, 1993.
TO ENACT THE TEXTBOOK REFORM ACT OF 1993; TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-5-66 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE TEXTBOOK SELECTION COMMITTEE TO BE COMPOSED OF A MAJORITY OF LAY PERSONS WITH EXPERTISE IN THE AREA CONSIDERED; SECTION 59-31-35 SO AS TO EXPAND TEXTBOOK SELECTION CRITERIA; SECTION 59-31-45 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENTS FOR PROPOSED TEXTBOOKS AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS; AND SECTION 59-31-555 SO AS TO REQUIRE PUBLISHERS TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY FOR MATERIALS.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act is known as the Textbook Reform Act of 1993.
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-5-66. The State Board of Education shall appoint an Instructional Materials Review Panel for each area of study in which textbooks or instructional materials are considered. The board shall promulgate regulations pertaining to the membership of the panel and guidelines for the panel. In promulgating regulations, the board shall recommend that twenty-five percent of the persons appointed to the panel be lay people. A representative of a publisher that solicits the sale of instructional materials in this State or an employee of a publisher or representative or employee of a business that sells instructional materials to public schools or public post secondary educational institutions must not be appointed to an instructional materials review panel."
SECTION 3. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-31-35. The State Board of Education, through the State Department of Education, shall develop criteria for the appraisal of textbooks offered for sale in the State."
SECTION 4. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-31-45. Copies of proposed textbooks approved by the Instructional Materials Review Panel must be made available to the public for review at sites geographically dispersed around the State at least thirty days before the date of the state board meeting at which adoption of the textbook is to be discussed. The department must provide notice to the public of the availability of the textbooks at public review sites in a newspaper of general circulation in each congressional district."
SECTION 5. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-31-555. The publisher shall provide for correction of materials in the event typographical or factual errors are found. The State Department of Education, in the contract for textbooks, shall cause a provision to be included providing for a penalty or replacement of materials for typographical errors, errors of fact, or other similar mistakes in the event the publisher does not act in good faith to correct errors."
SECTION 6. Section 59-31-530 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-31-530. Original contracts made with publishers of all textbooks shall run instructional materials runs for a period of from one to four years plus an indefinite period which may be terminated either by the State Board of Education or the publisher upon ninety days' notice, provided notice is given ninety days before January first of the year of cancellation."
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.