Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of 'capital construction' used for purposes of the 'Building Excellent Schools Today Act' (BEST) to include 'technology', as defined in section 3.
Section 3 defines the term 'technology' for purposes of BEST to include hardware, devices, or equipment necessary for individual student learning and classroom instruction, including access to electronic instructional materials, or necessary for professional use by a classroom teacher. Section 2 incorporates the new definition of 'technology' into the existing requirement that the BEST board's public school facility capital construction guidelines address technology. Section 3 also clarifies that the public school capital construction assistance board (BEST board) may provide financial assistance to public schools in the form of technology grants and requires the BEST board to annually notify potential applicants for financial assistance that it will accept applications for technology grants.
Section 4 requires the project lists in the BEST board's annual report to include sublists of technology projects for which financial assistance has been awarded or applied for and denied.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)