Washington’s First Open Textbook Law [...]

It’s well known that Washington State adopted one of the first open textbook laws in the nation. But what does it say? Here we excerpt the pertinent bits of H. B. 1025 of 2009.

(1) The boards of regents of the state universities, the boards of trustees of the regional universities and The Evergreen State College, and the boards of trustees of each community and technical college district, in collaboration with affiliated bookstores and student and faculty representatives, shall adopt rules requiring that:

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(b) Faculty and staff members consider the least costly practices in assigning course materials, such as adopting the least expensive edition available, adopting free, open textbooks when available, and working with college librarians to put together collections of free online web and library resources, when educational content is comparable as determined by the faculty.

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