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CHAPTER 422 AN ACT TO PROVIDE A RENTAL SYSTEM FOR TEXT- BOOKS USED IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE STATE AND TO PROMOTE ECONOMY AND EFFIC- IENCY IN THE ADOPTION OF TEXTBOOKS. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Powers and duties of Commission. The said Textbook Purchase and Rental Commission is hereby authorized, empowered, and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to: (1). Acquire by contract, and/or purchase, such textbooks. and instructional supplies, which are, or may be on the adopted list of the State Standard Course of Study, as the Commission may find necessary to supply the needs of the children in the Public Schools of the State. (2). Provide a system of distribution of said textbooks and supplies to the children in the Public Schools of the State, and shall distribute such books as are provided under the rental system without the use of any depository other than some agency of the State. (3). Provide for uniform rental charge for said textbooks and supplies to the children in attendance upon the Public Schools of the State. Said rental charge shall be collected annually in an amount not to exceed one-third of the cost of said textbooks and supplies: Provided nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the purchase of textbooks from said Commission needed for any child in the public schools of the State, by any parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis. (4). Provide for the use of said textbooks without charge to the indigent children of the State. (5). Adopt, provide and distribute all blanks, forms and reports necessary to Keep a careful check and record of ail the books, supplies distributed, rentals collected, indigents furnished, condition and repairs of books, and such other information as said Commission may require, to the end that an accurate and complete inventory of the affairs of said Commission may be available at all times to the Governor and Council of State. (6). Cause an annual audit to be made of the affairs of the said Commission and a certified copy of same to be furnished the Governor and Council of State. (7). Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and colored schools, but shall continue to be used by the race first using same.