Creation of an advisory council within the Department of Education relating to digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy.
Thanks to the work of Welcome to Reality LLC, one of Media Literacy Now’s partners in Connecticut, legislators passed a law elevating media literacy education in the state’s public schools. The bill passed by a wide bipartisan margin, and became law on July 1, 2017 as Public Act 17-67.
CT Senate Bill 00949 was co-sponsored by Sen. Terry B. Gerratana, Sen. George S. Logan, Rep. Kim Rose, Rep. Robert Sanchez, Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, and Rep. Joseph C. Serra.
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) There is established a Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety and Media Literacy Advisory Council within the Department of Education. The council shall consist of teachers, librarians, representatives from parent-teacher organizations and persons with expertise in digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy, as appointed by the Commissioner of Education. The council shall provide recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding (1) best practices relating to instruction in digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy, and (2) methods of instructing students to safely, ethically, responsibly and effectively use media and technology resources.
Mar 1, 2017 – Senate: Referred to Joint Committee on Education.
Mar 27, 2017 – Senate: Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office.
May 25, 2017 – Senate: Senate Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A 7910; Senate Passed as Amended.
Jun 2, 2017 – House: Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A; House Passed as Amended; Senate In Concurrence.
Jun 9, 2017 – Senate: Public Act 17-67.
Jun 16, 2017 – Senate: Transmitted to the Secretary of State; Transmitted by Secretary of the State to Governor
Jun 27, 2017 – Signed by the Governor.
Instruction in subjects including the safe use of social media, as part of the middle school curriculum in the public schools.
Thanks to the advocacy of Media Literacy Now partner Welcome 2 Reality LLC, Connecticut’s Senate Public Act 15-94 requires education on safe social media use in public schools. It also requires computer programming instruction. CT Senate Bill 00962 was sponsored by the House of Representatives Education Committee. The law was signed by the governor on June 23, 2015 and took effect in the 2016-2017 school year.
Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-16b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):
(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in accordance with the provisions of section 2 of this act, disease prevention, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which shall include the safe use of social media, as defined in section 9-601, and may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history; computer programming instruction; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages and vocational education. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the “arts” means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre.
CT Senate Bill 009462
Feb 19, 2015 – Senate: Referred to Joint Committee on Education.
May 14, 2015 – Senate: Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A 7028; Referred to Committee on Appropriations.
May 21, 2015 – Senate: Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A.
May 27, 2015 – Senate: House Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A; House Passed as Amended.
Jun 8, 2015 – Senate: Public Act 15-94.
June 23, 2015 – Senate: Signed by the Governor.