Section 16-36-65

Use of statewide textbook contracts.

(a) The State Department of Education in conjunction with the state Purchasing Agent shall furnish contracts from which state-adopted textbooks for the pupils and teachers in classrooms and schools operated under the jurisdiction and supervision of the Alabama Department of Mental Health can be purchased. These purchases shall be made from appropriations to the state Department of Mental Health. The State Board of Education may make and enforce regulations for the proper care and accounting for such textbooks.

(b) The State Department of Education in conjunction with the state Purchasing Agent shall furnish contracts from which state-adopted textbooks for the pupils and teachers in classrooms and schools operated under the jurisdiction of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind can be purchased. These purchases shall be made from appropriations to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The State Board of Education may make and enforce regulations for the proper care and accounting for these textbooks and shall not be required to purchase and furnish special books or materials for the deaf and blind.

(c) The State Department of Education in conjunction with the state Purchasing Agent shall furnish contracts from which state-adopted textbooks for the pupils and teachers in classrooms and schools operated by the Department of Youth Services can be purchased. The cost of the textbooks provided herein shall be paid from appropriations to the Department of Youth Services. The State Board of Education may make and enforce regulations for the proper care and accounting for these textbooks and shall not be required to purchase and furnish any special books or materials under this section.

(d) The State Board of Education shall have no power or authority to enter into any contract or arrangement for furnishing textbooks or providing a depository for textbooks or delivering textbooks, but shall have the power and authority to enter into any contract or arrangement requiring the use of a qualified depository for textbooks.

(Act 98-320, p. 544, §6; Act 2015-386, §1.)