(a) It is the policy of the State that all students have access to high-quality, low-cost
learning materials and resources.
(b)(1) For fiscal year 2019, the Governor shall include $100,000 in general funds
in the State budget for the purpose of providing a grant to the William E. Kirwan
Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland for the Maryland
Open Source Textbook Initiative.
(2) The funds allocated under paragraph (1) of this subsection may be used to:
(i) Award grants to support and promote the adoption, adaptation, and creation of
openly licensed educational resources in order to reduce a student's cost of attendance
while maintaining or improving learning outcomes;
(ii) Reimburse expenses incurred in the operation of the Maryland Open Source Textbook
Initiative, including administrative functions and the evaluation of its efficacy;
(iii) Reimburse money expended in fiscal year 2018 that would have met the requirements
of items (i) and (ii) of this paragraph if funds had been available.
(c) To the extent practicable, funds allocated under subsection (b) of this section
shall be for the adoption, adaptation, and creation of openly licensed educational
resources that are equally accessible to and independently usable by individuals with
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