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Mass lawmakers send civic education mandate with emphasis on Media Literacy to the governor

August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

After years of effort by Media Literacy Now, legislators have sent a bill to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker that affirms Media Literacy is essential “to prepare students morally and intellectually for the duties of citizenship.” Civi

California Senate calls for R-rating for movies with smoking

July 16th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

MLN takes no position on this legislation. MLN believes that people who are empowered with media literacy skills will better understand media systems and will have the tools to advocate for changes to those systems that they want to se

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Massachusetts may become the first to require media literacy within civics instruction

June 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

A bill that elevates media literacy within new civics requirements passed by both House and Senate and is now embedded within the History and Social Science Curriculum Framework In Massachusetts, both chambers have passed legislation t

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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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