offered free or reduced prices to larger school districts that were not offered to rural areas.
A whistleblower is claiming publishers have offered lower prices on instructional material to Florida’s bigger school districts, violating Florida law by overcharging rural districts.Back To School Learning Bundle Free, Learning Bundle Free, Back To School Svg Free, School Svg Free, File Svg Free
Komisar Spicola, a law firm representing the whistleblower, sent letters in March to the General Counsels for the Department of Education and Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody. The whistleblower alleged some of the nation’s biggest textbook publishers offered and provided free or reduced cost textbooks to some districts but not others, violating Florida statute.American Flag LGBT Bundle Free, LGBT Bundle Svg Free, LGBT Pride Svg Free, Pride Month Svg Free, Cut File Svg, File Svg Free
Under Florida law, publishers of instruction materials are required to offer materials at the same price as the lowest price offered to any state or school district in the United States. The law also requires prices be automatically reduced when reductions are made elsewhere in the country, and materials be provided free of charge to the same extent they are provided free to any other state or school district.
Publishers are required to pledge to follow the law during the textbook adoption process. They must certify understanding of and compliance with the pricing laws on documents required for them to fill textbook bids.
The letters include several examples from 2021 that the whistleblower believes may violate the statute.