Rhode Island just took a big step toward empowering 142,000 students with the critical life skills that media literacy provides. The state Senate passed a media literacy bill by a bipartisan vote of 34 to 2 on May 26. The bill, S 2089, requires the Rhode Island Department of Education to work with national or statewide media literacy organizations to incorporate media literacy education into the basic education program. MLN state chapter leader and civics education activist Michael Trofi worked with state Sen. Adam Satchell to introduce the bill in January.
The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives Health, Education and Welfare Committee.