The board of education of each city, exempted village, and local school district shall furnish, free of charge, the necessary textbooks to the pupils attending the public schools. In lieu of textbooks, district boards may furnish electronic textbooks to pupils attending the public schools, provided the electronic textbooks are furnished free of charge. A district board that chooses to furnish electronic textbooks to pupils attending school in the district shall provide reasonable access to the electronic textbooks and other necessary computer equipment to pupils in the district who are required to complete homework assignments, and teachers providing homework assignments, utilizing electronic textbooks furnished by the district board. Pupils wholly or in part supplied with necessary textbooks or electronic textbooks shall be supplied only as other or new textbooks or electronic textbooks are needed. All textbooks or electronic textbooks furnished as provided in this section shall be the property of the district, and loaned to the pupils on such terms as each such board prescribes. In order to carry out sections 3329.01 to 3329.10 of the Revised Code, each board, in the preparation of its annual budget, shall include as a separate item the amount which the board finds necessary to administer such sections and such amount shall not be subject to transfer to any other fund.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003 .