Senate Bill Proposes E-Book Access to Public Students
SAN JUAN — Popular Democratic Party Sen. José Nadal Power announced Sunday he filed Senate Bill 235 to create a digital texts accessibility act to promote access for all students in the public education system to textbooks outside the classroom.
“This is a legislation for justice to the Puerto Rican youth. Students in the public system nowadays can’t take the classroom’s textbooks home, thus limiting their use to class schedules. This situation causes severe limitations to our youth’s educational process. On another hand, digital books can be accessed from households, thus extending studying time,” explained the senator in written declarations.
He stated that the bill, formerly known as S.B. 873 —which was approved unanimously by the Senate during the Seventeenth Legislative Assembly in February 2016— seeks to establish public policy that catches up with modern times and fulfills the U.S. government’s goals in promoting tools that ease learning for students.
This new educational initiative could be reaped by students from all academic levels and potentially nourish knowledge outside the classroom.
The legislator said that if it becomes law, the Education Department would have to require book suppliers and providers the licenses of use of updated digital versions, which the Department in turn would make available for students in the public system.
“With access to digital books (e-books), our students don’t just enter a new era of access to knowledge, but they also have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom. The days in which young students from the public system are deprived of sufficient books available for limited times must remain behind. It is time for the 21st century to come to our schools,” stated Nadal Power.