A bill regulating the prices of required schoolbooks passed its preliminary vote in the Knesset on Wednesday.
The initiative, proposed by MK Uri Ariel (National Union), would require the Education Ministry to clearly mark required schoolbooks with a maximum price.
The bill also states that the Education Ministry cannot require parents to buy a new edition of a book if less than 50 of its pages are changed, except for in special circumstances justifying the change. This aspect of the bill would encourage parents to purchase used books for their children or allow pupils to give their younger siblings books, thus saving families money.
The bill passed its preliminary reading with 38 in favor and none opposed. It will have to pass three more readings and preparation in the Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee before it becomes a law.