The law authorizing the lottery requires school districts, including charter schools, to use lottery funds “exclusively for the education of pupils and students” and specifies that “no funds shall be spent for acquisition of real property, construction of facilities, financing of research, or any other non-instructional purpose.” In March 2000, voters passed Proposition 20, known as the “Cardenas Textbook Act of 2000.” Proposition 20 provides that, beginning in the 1998–99 fiscal year, one-half of statewide growth in lottery funds for education over the level set in the 1997–98 fiscal year must be allocated to school districts and community colleges for the purchase of instructional materials.
What are instructional materials you may ask? CDE answers:
The definition of instructional materials is in EC Section 60010 (h). This law states “‘Instructional materials’ means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests."
“State-adopted” instructional materials are those instructional resources which the SBE has formally “adopted” for use in the classroom. This action is required by the California State Constitution, Article 9 Section 7.5. The SBE considers K-8 instructional materials for adoption following a thorough review process outlined in both law (EC 60200) and regulations (CCR, Title 5 sections 9510-9525).
There are no state adoptions for grades nine through twelve. LEA governing boards have the authority and responsibility under EC Section 60400 to adopt instructional materials for use in their high schools for grades nine through twelve.
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