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Relating to the creation of a state repository for open educational resources by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 3652, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($248,102) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
During the 85th Legislature, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) was directed to undertake a study to determine the feasibility of creating a state repository of open education resources (OER). The Texas Education Code defines OER as "a teaching, learning, or research resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person." This may include course materials, textbooks, software, and any other tools to support access to knowledge.
HB 3652 would require THECB to contract with an open educational resource repository to create and maintain a web portal for institutions of higher education and students to access. Resources developed with state funds would be required to be made available under a Creative Commons license and submitted for use through the portal.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3652 because it does not impact our principles.