Code Section Group

Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 33. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND TESTING [60000 - 60901]

  ( Part 33 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 1. Instructional Materials [60000 - 60119]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 4. Requirements, Publishers and Manufacturers [60060 - 60063.5]
  ( Article 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

60060.
  

Every publisher or manufacturer of instructional materials offered for adoption or sale in California shall comply with all the requirements and provisions of this part.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

60061.
  

(a) A publisher or manufacturer shall do all of the following:

(1) Furnish the instructional materials offered by the publisher at a price in this state that, including all costs of transportation to that place, does not exceed the lowest price at which the publisher offers those same instructional materials for adoption or sale to any other state within, or territory of, the United States.

(2) Automatically reduce the price of those instructional materials to any governing board to the extent that reductions are made in another state within, or territory of, the United States.

(3) Provide any instructional materials free of charge in this state to the same extent as that received by any state or school district in the United States.

(4) Guarantee that all copies of any instructional materials sold in this state are at least equal in quality to the copies of those instructional materials that are sold elsewhere in the United States, and are kept revised, free from all errors, and up to date as may be required by the state board.

(5) Not in any way, directly or indirectly, become associated or connected with any combination in restraint of trade in instructional materials, or enter into any understanding, agreement, or combination to control prices or restrict competition in the sale of instructional materials for use in this state.

(6) Maintain a representative, office, or depository in the State of California or arrange with an independently owned and operated depository in the State of California to receive and fill orders for instructional materials.

(7) Provide to the state, at no cost, computer files or other electronic versions of each state-adopted literary title and the right to transcribe, reproduce, modify, and distribute the material in braille, large print if the publisher does not offer a large print edition, recordings, American Sign Language videos for the deaf, or other specialized accessible media exclusively for use by pupils with visual disabilities or other disabilities that prevent use of standard instructional materials. Computer files or other electronic versions of materials adopted shall be provided within 30 days of request by the state as needed for the purposes described in this subdivision as follows:

(A) Computer files or other electronic versions of literary titles shall maintain the structural integrity of the standard instructional materials, be compatible with commonly used braille translation and speech synthesis software, and include corrections and revisions as may be necessary.

(B) Computer files or other electronic versions of nonliterary titles, including science and mathematics, shall be provided when technology is available to convert those materials to a format that maintains the structural integrity of the standard instructional materials and is compatible with braille translation and speech synthesis software.

(b) Upon the willful failure of the publisher or manufacturer to comply with the requirements of this section, the publisher or manufacturer shall be liable to the governing board in the amount of three times the total sum that the publisher or manufacturer was paid in excess of the price required under paragraphs (1), (2), and (5) of subdivision (a), and in the amount of three times the total value of the instructional materials and services that the governing board is entitled to receive free of charge under subdivision (a).

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict the ability of a school district, county office of education, or charter school within California to negotiate the price of standards-aligned instructional materials and supplemental instructional materials in either a printed or digital format if the negotiated price complies with paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a).

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 174, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2014.)

60061.5.
  

A publisher or manufacturer shall do all of the following:

(a) Actively solicit or make available a process through which input concerning the quality, content, and usability of textbooks and instructional materials can be obtained from educators, parents, teachers, and students.

Upon request of a district governing board a publisher shall provide a summation of that information including both positive and critical input and their responses to the positive and critical input.

(b) Guarantee delivery of textbooks and instructional materials prior to the opening of school in the year in which the textbooks and instructional materials are to be used if they are ordered by a date or dates specified in the contract with the district.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1482, Sec. 1. Effective September 30, 1986.)

60061.8.
  

(a) Basic instructional materials, as defined by Section 60010, offered on or after January 1, 2005, shall comply with all of the following:

(1) Print materials shall have sharp, clear, high contrast, and highly legible fonts. Print materials designed for kindergarten shall use fonts that are at least 20 point. Print materials designed for grade 1 shall use fonts that are at least 18 point. Print materials designed for grade 2 shall use fonts that are at least 16 point.

(2) Video products designed for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall be closed-captioned, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission, except for the following:

(A) Video products or portions of video products, if any, for which the publisher does not have the rights to close-caption.

(B) Video products or portions of video products that are open-captioned, meaning that all viewers see the captioned information.

(3) (A) Internet resources and digital multimedia programs intended for use by the general population of pupils, for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall at least meet the standards for accessibility, as set forth in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), and regulations implementing that act as set forth in Part 1194 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, unless meeting those standards would do any of the following:

(i) Fundamentally alter the nature of the instructional activity.

(ii) Result in those resources or programs placing an undue financial and administrative burden on the state agencies, school districts, or schools that would likely access or utilize the resources or programs, as determined by the affected agencies in collaboration with the publishers.

(iii) Cause those resources or programs to fail to meet standards otherwise required by statute or regulation.

(B) In order to facilitate access by pupils with disabilities who are progressing in the general curriculum, to the extent technologically feasible, a digital multimedia program shall allow the user to control sizing of images and fonts, speed and volume of audio, colors or contrast, or both colors and contrast, and other inherently transformable attributes, but not for modification of content, to match individual performance and abilities. If a publisher is not able to create a multimedia program that satisfies the requirements of this subparagraph, the publisher shall provide the State Department of Education, upon request, with computer files or other electronic versions of textual content of basic instructional materials compatible with braille transcription, meeting department specifications at no additional cost, and as a condition of sale.

(b) This section does not apply to basic instructional materials adopted, prior to January 1, 2005, by the state board pursuant to Section 60200, to the extent those instructional materials do not already comply with this section. A publisher of basic instructional materials adopted before January 1, 2005, may voluntarily modify those materials as may be necessary to comply with this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 78. Effective January 1, 2005.)

60062.
  

The provisions of Section 60061 shall apply to the purchase of instructional materials under Sections 18132 and 18171.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

60063.
  

(a) A publisher or manufacturer that submits a printed instructional material for adoption by the state board pursuant to Section 60200 or the governing board of a school district pursuant to Section 60400, or for use by the governing board of a school district pursuant to Section 60210, on or after January 1, 2014, shall ensure that the printed instructional material is also available in an equivalent digital format during the entire term of the adoption.

(b) The equivalent digital format of a printed instructional material shall conform to the most current, ratified standards under Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794d), as amended, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the World Wide Web Consortium for accessibility.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 157, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2014.)

60063.5.
  

(a) Instructional materials or supplemental instructional materials that are consistent with the requirements of Section 60119 shall be offered by a publisher or manufacturer as unbundled elements to enable digital materials or printed materials to be purchased separately from other components.

(b) Without violating any copyright law or contract between a school district and a publisher or manufacturer, a school district may use instructional materials in digital format that were purchased by the school district to create a districtwide online digital database for classroom use consistent with an online security system that is mutually agreed on by the publisher and the school district.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 174, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2014.)

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