DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Various education matters. Amends the definition of "educational service center". Repeals provisions relating to the establishment and administration of an educational service agency by the Indiana state board of education (state board). Replaces the definition of "textbook" with a definition of "curricular materials". Provides that the Indiana department of education (department) shall determine the process for evaluating the curricular materials' alignment to academic standards and the appropriateness of the reading level of the curricular materials. Requires the department to describe the method used to evaluate curricular materials within the earlier of: (1) 18 months after the adoption of standards by the state board; or (2) six years after the previous review of curricular materials. Provides that, in order for a publisher's curricular materials to be included in the department's report, the publisher must: (1) make the curricular materials available for sale to schools for a period of at least six years; and (2) provide a grant or license to the school corporation to allow for reproduction of the adopted curricular materials in large type, Braille, and audio formats. Makes changes to the type of curricular subject matter that the department must review to show that the curricular material is aligned to academic standards. Repeals the requirement that a superintendent of a school corporation forward a list of the curricular materials selected by the superintendent. Makes conforming changes.