Connecticut Legislation

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Existing Law

Senate Bill 00949 – To create an advisory council within the Department of Education relating to digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy.

CT Senate Bill 00949

Co-sponsors: Sen. Terry B. Gerratana, Sen. George S. Logan, Rep. Kim Rose, Rep. Robert Sanchez, Rep. Andrew M. Fleischmann, 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.

CT Senate Bill 00949

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.

Senate Bill 00962 – To include instruction, as part of the middle school curriculum in the public schools, in subjects including the safe use of social media…

CT Senate Bill 00962

Substitute Senate Bill No. 962  |  Public Act No. 15-94

Sponsor: House of Representatives Education Committee.

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 Subsection (a) of section 10-16b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):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.

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