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House Bill 1110 – Media literacy in elementary and secondary education.

Rep. Lisa Cutter, a new legislator, reached out to MLN for help introducing a media literacy bill; she utilized a version of one of Media Literacy Now’s model bills.

CO House Bill 1110
Sponsor: Rep. Lisa Cutter

This bill, directing the Colorado state Department of Education to create a K-12 media literacy curriculum, was signed into law on June 3, 2019, by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. A media literacy advisory committee of educators and media professionals is now at work, overseeing the effort and making recommendations for ways to teach students how to evaluate media critically, and distinguish real news from ‘fake news,’ as well as recognize bias and misinformation. See Media Literacy Now’s news report for more information.

The advisory committee, made up of seven members appointed by the commissioner of education, reports to the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate regarding their recommendations for implementing media literacy in elementary and secondary education.

A consultant hired by the Department of Education performs the research and analysis required, and reports to the committee. The consultant is required to distribute his or her research, analysis, and drafts regularly for feedback from committee members. The committee and consultant are required to convene to discuss the draft report and make recommendations for the final report, which is to be submitted to the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

CO House Bill 1110

Jan 15, 2019 – House: Introduced and assigned to Education.
Apr 12, 2019 – Second reading special order – Passed with amendments – Committee.
Apr 16, 2019 – Senate: Introduced and assigned to Education.
May 3, 2019 – Third reading passed – No amendments – House concurred – Repass.
May 16, 2019 – Sent to the Governor – Signed by the President of the Senate – Signed by the Speaker of the House.
Jun 3, 2019 – Signed by the Governor.

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