Florida Senate - 2020 SB 602 By Senator Montford 3-00276C-20 2020602__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Open Educational Resources 3 Grant Program; creating s. 1004.086, F.S.; 4 establishing the Open Educational Resources Grant 5 Program; requiring the Department of Education and the 6 Board of Governors to administer the program; 7 providing the purpose of the program; defining the 8 term “open educational resources”; providing for 9 application requirements and the application process 10 of the program; requiring participating state 11 universities to use grant funds for a specified 12 purpose; requiring the department to adopt rules; 13 authorizing the board to adopt regulations; specifying 14 that implementation of the program is subject to 15 legislative appropriation; providing an effective 16 date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 1004.086, Florida Statutes, is created 21 to read: 22 1004.086 Open educational resources grant program.— 23 (1)(a) There is created the Open Educational Resources 24 Grant Program, which shall be administered by the Department of 25 Education in coordination with the Board of Governors. The 26 purpose of the program is to provide grant assistance to state 27 universities for the development of high-quality, low-cost open 28 educational resources for students. 29 (b) The term “open educational resources” means licensed 30 teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the 31 public domain or have been released under a license that allows 32 their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. 33 The term includes open-access textbooks and instructional 34 materials. 35 (2) A state university may submit an application in a 36 format prescribed by the department to be awarded a grant under 37 the program. The department, in coordination with the board, 38 shall consider each proposal and may award grants to state 39 universities that demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the 40 department and the board, a plan for the development of open 41 educational resources. 42 (3) Each participating state university shall use the grant 43 to curate or adopt open educational resources for general 44 education courses. In curating and adopting the open educational 45 resources, each state university must give priority to required 46 general education courses as provided in the statewide 47 articulation agreement. 48 (4) The department shall adopt rules, and the board may 49 adopt regulations, to implement this section. 50 (5) Implementation of the program is subject to legislative 51 appropriation. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.