Our founder was instrumental in the introduction of media literacy legislation in Massachusetts in March 2011. Policymakers in Massachusetts at all levels from the school districts to the State House are now talking about media literacy education.
To build on the momentum, Media Literacy Now was formed to spark policy action in other states. The strategy was successful when our partners in Washington state were able to bring a comprehensive bill to passage in 2016. The Washington state legislation became the basis for our model bill, a version of which has now become law in Connecticut. The common sense Washington bill – which would make media literacy a priority in our education system and empower professional educators to develop the best means to integrate media literacy within the current curriculum – has gained interest in several other states.