3. Making room in the budget

California lawmakers in June approved a new budget that dedicates $115 million dedicated to open educational resources. The funding promotes programs in which students do not have to buy textbooks and can instead use OER, and builds on a statewide zero-cost textbook initiative.

Some California colleges are already working toward a goal of moving 100% of classes into open educational resources, though the transition will be a long one: Compton College, a two-year school in Los Angeles County, estimates it’ll hit the 100% mark in 2035.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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