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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Free textbooks. Eliminates a program that provides state reimbursement and township assistance for costs incurred by public schools to provide textbooks and certain other instructional material without charge to students eligible for free or reduced price lunches or other public assistance. Establishes a requirement that public schools provide textbooks and certain other instructional material without charge to all students. Provides an annual state textbook grant to public schools to pay for the purchase and repair of textbooks and instructional material. Requires that the revenue for the grant be deposited in a textbook fund. Repeals authority for public schools to engage in a public school textbook rental program and the requirement that residents petition a school corporation to establish a school textbook library program to provide textbooks without charge to students. Makes conforming changes, and adds transitional provisions.