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Media Literacy a New Priority in Revised Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks in Massachusetts

April 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Tamara Sobel, J.D., C.S.E.  Massachusetts Director of Legislation, Policy & Community Organizing at Media Literacy Now The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released a draft of its newly rev

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In a first, classroom screen safety bill goes to Maryland governor

April 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

I want to bring your attention to the work of Cindy Eckard, a Maryland parent who has successfully spearheaded state legislation that mandates the development of medically-sound health and safety best practices for the use of digital d

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Mass. Senate passes civics and financial literacy bills with Media Literacy

March 22nd, 2018|

After months of advocacy by Media Literacy Now, we are happy to report that the Massachusetts Senate approved two bills today with media literacy components. S.2343 requiring school personal financial literacy education, passed the Sen

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Media Literacy goes to the Massachusetts Senate floor with civics bill

March 19th, 2018|

The Massachusetts Senate will debate a bill Thursday that would require all public schools to provide lessons in American history and civics. The bill would require media literacy skills be a part of that curriculum. S2306 is a new bil

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Hawaii Senate Unanimously Passes Media Literacy Bill

March 8th, 2018|

On March 6, 25 “yes” votes from 25 senators were recorded on the Senate floor in Honolulu, Hawaii in favor of media literacy education. The bill, SB 2070, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would require the department of ed

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Hawaii bill headed to the Senate floor

March 4th, 2018|

Thanks to the advocacy of Sen. Mike Gabbard, sponsor of the Hawaii Media Literacy bill, that legislation will move to a Senate floor vote Tuesday. Sen. Gabbard pressed for action at the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week, and th

Massachusetts Education Committee moves Media Literacy forward within civics bill

February 18th, 2018|

Massachusetts is moving to beef up its civics education requirements in a bill that would require, for the first time, that media literacy be a part of the history and social studies frameworks. The Education Committee has combined a n

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Hawaii, Virginia bills both sail through Education Committees

February 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

The 2018 session is off to a running start. The Media Literacy legislation we are backing in both Hawaii and Virginia have passed their initial hurdles, sailing through their respective education committees. This week the Hawaii Senate

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Virginia joins the movement for Media Literacy policy change

January 16th, 2018|Tags: , , |

We’re thrilled to announce that Delegate Rip Sullivan (VA-48) has introduced our model Media Literacy bill into Virginia General Assembly. Del. Rip Sullivan and family. Courtesy photo. "As a parent of four millennials who grew up dur

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Media Literacy Legislative roundup: 21 bills, 11 states, 5 new laws

January 2nd, 2018|

In 2017, five states passed Media Literacy legislation. Connecticut and Rhode Island both have a new law calling on the state department of education to convene a group of Media Literacy stakeholders to advise the state on incorporatin

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MLN state-by-state education policy initiative receives national media attention

December 31st, 2017|

The Associated Press has published a piece about MLN's effort to change education policy by advocating for Media Literacy legislation state by state. Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online BY RYAN J. FOLEY Associat

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