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§ 9-923-A. Loan of textbooks, instructional materials and instructional equipment, nonpublic sc...

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 24 P.S. EducationEffective: July 1, 2001

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 24 P.S. Education
Chapter 1. Public School Code of 1949 (Refs & Annos)
Article IX-a. Intermediate Units (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2001
24 P.S. § 9-923-A
Formerly cited as PA ST 24 P.S. § 9-973
§ 9-923-A. Loan of textbooks, instructional materials and instructional equipment, nonpublic school children
(a) Legislative findings; declaration of policy. The welfare of the Commonwealth requires that the present and future generations of school age children be assured ample opportunity to develop to the fullest their intellectual capacities. To further this objective, the Commonwealth provides, through tax funds of the Commonwealth, textbooks and instructional materials free of charge to children attending public schools within the Commonwealth. Approximately one quarter of all children in the Commonwealth, in compliance with the compulsory attendance provisions of this act, attend nonpublic schools. Although their parents are taxpayers of the Commonwealth, these children do not receive textbooks or instructional materials from the Commonwealth. It is the intent of the General Assembly by this enactment to assure such a distribution of such educational aids that every school child in the Commonwealth will equitably share in the benefits thereof.
(b) Definitions. The following terms, whenever used or referred to in this section, shall have the following meanings, except in those circumstances where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Instructional equipment” means instructional equipment, other than fixtures annexed to and forming part of the real estate, which is suitable for and to be used by children and/or teachers. The term includes but is not limited to projection equipment, recording equipment, laboratory equipment, and any other educational secular, neutral, nonideological equipment as may be of benefit to the instruction of nonpublic school children and are presently or hereafter provided for public school children of the Commonwealth.
<Definition of “instructional materials” as added by 1972, July 12, P.L. 863, No. 195, § 1, imd. effective. See also, definition of “instructional materials” as added by 1975, Aug. 1, P.L. 183, No. 90, § 1, imd. effective, post.>
“Instructional materials” means books, periodicals, documents, pamphlets, photographs, reproductions, pictorial or graphic works, musical scores, maps, charts, globes, sound recordings, including but not limited to those on discs and tapes, processed slides, transparencies, films, filmstrips, kinescopes, and video tapes, or any other printed and published materials of a similar nature made by any method now developed or hereafter to be developed. The term includes such other secular, neutral, non-ideological materials as are of benefit to the instruction of nonpublic school children and are presently or hereafter provided for public school children of the Commonwealth.
<Definition of “instructional materials” as added by 1975, Aug. 1, P.L. 183, No. 90, § 1, imd. effective. See also, definition of “instructional materials” as added by 1972, July 12, P.L. 863, No. 195, § 1, imd. effective, ante.>
“Instructional materials” means pre-prepared learning materials which are secular, neutral and nonideological in character and are of benefit to the instruction of school children on an individual basis and are presently or hereafter provided for public school children of the Commonwealth.
“Nonpublic school” means any school, other than a public school within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, wherein a resident of the Commonwealth may legally fulfill the compulsory school attendance requirements of this act and which meet the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-352).1
“Textbooks” means books, workbooks, including reusable and non-reusable workbooks, and manuals, whether bound or in looseleaf form, intended for use as a principal source of study material for a given class or group of students, a copy of which is expected to be available for the individual use of each pupil in such class or group. Such textbooks shall be textbooks which are acceptable for use in any public, elementary, or secondary school of the Commonwealth.
(c) Loan of Textbooks, Instructional Materials and Instructional Equipment. The Secretary of Education directly, or through the intermediate units, shall have the power and duty to purchase textbooks, instructional materials and instructional equipment and, upon individual request, to loan them to all children residing in the Commonwealth who are enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve of a nonpublic school. Such textbooks, instructional materials and instructional equipment shall be loaned free to such children subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Education, due regard being had to the feasibility of making loans of particular instructional materials and instructional equipment on an individual basis.
(d) Purchase of Textbooks, Instructional Materials and Instructional Equipment. The secretary shall not be required to purchase or otherwise acquire textbooks, pursuant to this section, the total cost of which, in any school year, shall exceed an amount equal to twelve dollars ($12) for the school year 1973-1974, fifteen dollars ($15) for the school year beginning July 1, 1974 and twenty dollars ($20) for each school year thereafter or instructional materials and instructional equipment, the total cost of which, in any school year, shall exceed an amount equal to ten dollars ($10), multiplied by the number of children residing in the Commonwealth who on the first day of October of the school year immediately preceding are enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve of a nonpublic school.
(e) Deleted by 1975, Aug. 1, P.L. 183, No. 90, § 1, imd. effective.

Credits

1949, March 10, P.L. 30, No. 14, art. IX-A, § 923-A, added 1972, July 12, P.L. 863, No. 195, § 1, imd. effective. Amended 1974, July 18, P.L. 475, No. 169, § 1, imd. effective; 1975, Aug. 1, P.L. 179, No. 88, § 1, imd. effective; 1975, Aug. 1, P.L. 183, No. 90, § 1, imd. effective; 1977, Aug. 24, P.L. 199, No. 59, § 7, imd. effective; 2001, June 22, P.L. 530, No. 35, § 8, effective July 1, 2001.

Footnotes

42 U.S.C.A. § 2000a et seq.
24 P.S. § 9-923-A, PA ST 24 P.S. § 9-923-A
Current through 2023 Regular Session Act 1. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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