California Legislation

California Legislation 2017-09-27T12:41:50+00:00

Current Legislation

Assembly Bill 37 – To update media arts education standards: animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design.

CA AB-37

ENROLLED JULY 06, 2017
PASSED IN SENATE JULY 03, 2017
PASSED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 17, 2017

December 5, 2016 – Introduced, 25% progression
January 19, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education
March 16, 2017 – Coauthors revised; From committee: Do pass; re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
April 17, 2017 – Assembly; Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.
April 17, 2017 – In Senate. Read first time. To Committee on RLS. for assignment.
May 10, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education.
June 7, 2017 – Committee Motion: Do pass, but first be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations with the recommendation: To Consent Calendar.
June 26, 2017 – From Committee: Be placed on second reading file pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 and ordered to consent calendar.
July 3, 2017 – Senate; Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly; In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
July 12, 2017 – Assembly; Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
July 24, 2017 – Approved by the Governor; Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 102, Statutes of 2017.

California Assembly Bill 37

An act to amend Section 60605.13 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction – visual and performing arts: content standards in media arts.

AB 37 requires State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to select a group of expert elementary and second secondary school teachers who will recommend standards—what students are expected to learn—for media arts education.

Updated media arts standards are intended to help teachers and schools improve media arts education so students would be better prepared for jobs in movies, animation, video games, virtual reality, and other media arts fields. Media arts includes animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design.

The Legislature finds and declares that “The study of media arts enables pupils to gain critical literacy in media, technology, and digital culture essential to becoming informed, discerning, and engaged citizens.” However there is no requirement for media literacy standards within the legislation.

Senate Bill 203 – An act to add Section 51206.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction: digital citizenship and media literacy.

January 31, 2017 – Senate; Introduced. Read first time.
February 9, 2017 – Senate; Referred to Committee on Education.
March 24, 2017 –  Senate; Set for hearing April 19.
April 25, 2017 – From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on APPR. (April 19).
April 26, 2017 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on APPR.
May 15, 2017 – Senate; May 15 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
May 25, 2017 – Senate; May 25 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.

California Senate Bill 203

This bill would require, on or before December 1, 2018, the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to identify best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy and to report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature on strategies to implement the best practices and recommendations statewide.

The bill would require the Superintendent to convene and consult with an advisory committee consisting of specified representatives in developing the best practices and recommendations. The bill would require each school district, beginning in the 2019/20 school year, to annually review its policy and procedures on digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy in accordance with specified requirements. By imposing new duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Existing law provides for a system of public schools and requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to include instruction in specified areas of study.

Senate Bill 135 – An act to add Section 51206.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction: media literacy.

CA SB-135 – 2017-2018

January 11, 2017 – Senate; Introduced. Read first time.
January 19, 2017 – Senate; Referred to Committee on Education.
March 24, 2017 –  Senate; Set for hearing April 19th.
April 4, 2017 –  From committee w/ author’s amendments. Read 2nd time & amended. Re-referred to Comm. on Education.
April 26, 2017 – Read 2nd time & amended. Re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
May 25, 2017 –  From committee: Do pass.
May 30, 2017 – Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.
May 31, 2017 – In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
June 8, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education.
June 21, 2017 – Assembly; June 21 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
July 3, 2017 –  Assembly; From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time, amended; re-referred to Comm. on Education.
July 13, 2017 –  Assembly; From committee: Do pass and re-refer. Re-referred to Committee on APPR.
July 19, 2017 – Assembly; Placed on Committee on APPR suspense file.
Sept 1, 2017 – Assembly; Hearing: held in committee and under submission.

California Senate Bill 135

This bill would require the State Board of Education, in the next revision of instructional materials or curriculum frameworks in social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to include media literacy, as defined.

The bill would also require the State Department of Education to make available on its Internet Web site a list of resources and materials on media literacy and to ensure that media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers.

Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in specified areas of study, including social sciences.

Assembly Bill 155 – An act to add Section 51226.8 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction: civic online reasoning.

January 11, 2017 – Assembly; Read first time. To print.
January 30, 2017 –  Assembly; Referred to Committee on Education.
May 1, 2017 – Assembly; From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Comm. on APPR. (April 19).
May 2, 2017 – Assembly; Read second time and amended.
May 3, 2017 – Assembly; Re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
May 17, 2017 – Assembly; In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
May 26, 2017 – Assembl;y In committee: Held under submission.

California Assembly Bill 155

This bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission to develop, and the state board to adopt, revised curriculum standards and frameworks for English language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science that incorporate civic online reasoning, as defined.

…”Civic online reasoning” means the ability to judge the credibility and quality of information found on Internet Web sites, including social media. Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include, among other subjects, English, the social sciences, science, and mathematics.

Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.

Existing Law

SB-1165 Pupil instruction: Sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education

Passed into Law, September 28th 2014
The Instructional Quality Commission* is required to consider adding a distinct category that includes Health Framework on sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education that includes: Discussion of how culture and mass media influence and desensitize our perceptions of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, including, but not limited to, stereotypes and myths about the victims and abusers, victim blaming, and the role of language (among other provisions).

*The Instructional Quality Commission was formerly known as Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, part of the state Board of Education.

SB-1165 Pupil instruction: sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education.(2013-2014)

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 318 – Education technology and digital resources training pilot program

Feb 23, 2015 – Introduced

Apr 15, 2015 – Senate Education Committee hearing
The bill was reported out of the appropriations committee but then re-referred to the same committee, and “held under submission” which means the committee or author want to work on the bill further.

Feb 1, 2016 – Failed – 100% progression; returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56

Appropriates one million dollars ($1,000,000) for a pilot program to train k-12 teachers to more effectively utilize technology and digital resources, while also measuring and teaching the critical 21st century skills pupils need to succeed on California’s next-generation online assessments, as well as to prepare pupils for college and career objectives.

The pilot program may include the ability to measure 21st century skills of teachers and pupils using the international standards defined by the International Society for Technology in Education.

The skills to be measured may include, but shall not be limited to, all of the following:

  • Creativity and innovation
    Communication and collaboration
    Research and information fluency
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    Digital citizenship
    Technology operations and concepts

SB-318 Education technology and digital resources training pilot program. (2015-2016)

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