Care and return of Textbooks
Georgia Code 20-2-1013
§ 20-2-1013. Free textbook system; care and protection of textbooks, library
books, and media materials; reimbursement by pupils or parents
(a) The State Board of Education is authorized and directed to inaugurate and
administer a system of free textbooks for the public schools of this state. The
state board shall have authority to promulgate and enforce such rules and
regulations as may be necessary for that purpose.
(b) All textbooks, library books, and media materials purchased by local units
of administration with state Quality Basic Education Program funds or any other
means of acquisition shall remain the property of the local unit purchasing or
acquiring them. Each local unit of administration shall establish such policies
as it deems necessary for the care and protection of its textbooks, library
books, and media materials as a condition to receiving all or part of the state
contributed Quality Basic Education Program funds allotted to the local unit.
Such policies may include any of the following sanctions against a pupil who
fails or refuses to pay for a lost or damaged textbook, library book, or media
material at the replacement cost:
(1) Refusal to issue any additional textbooks, library books, or media
materials until restitution is made; or
(2) Withholding of all grade cards, diplomas, or certificates of progress
until restitution is made.
No local unit of administration shall require any pupil or parent to purchase
any textbook, library book, or media material except in cases where the pupil
damages, loses, or defaces such item either through willful intent or neglect.
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