More exciting news – Rhode Island is one step closer to empowering 142,000 students with the critical life skills that Media Literacy provides.
Our Media Literacy bill, which was introduced earlier this year in the Rhode Island Senate, has been reported out of the Senate Education Committee. The committee recommended passage of the bill on Wednesday, allowing the legislation to move forward in the process.
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 Michael Trofi worked with state Sen. Adam Satchell to introduce the bill in January. Trofi and Prof. Renee Hobbs of URI organized a number of media literacy educators to present testimony at a hearing on January 27. Those speakers were effective in persuading the committee members to act. The committee is now recommending that the full Senate pass the bill and send it to the House.