House File 247 – Library media specialist grant program.
MN HF 247
Sponsors: Rep. Mary Kunesh-podein [D], Rep. Drew Christensen [R], Rep. Jay Xiong [D], Rep. Aisha Gomez [D], Rep. Hodan Hassan [D], Rep. Kristin Bahner [D], Rep. Connie Bernardy [D], Rep. Fue Lee [D], Rep. Samantha Vang [D].
Creates a library media specialist grant program to increase student access to licensed library media specialists. Grantees must report on how the media specialist affected a number of measures, including media literacy.
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Jan 22, 2019 – House: Introduction and first reading, referred to Education Policy.
Mar 11, 2019 – Committee report, to adopt and re-refer to Ways and Means; Referred by Chair to Education Finance Division.
Required Academic Standards: Technology and Information Literacy.
This statute, 120B.021 / Required Academic Standards, requires the Commissioner of Education to “revise and appropriately embed technology and information literacy standards consistent with recommendations from school media specialists into the state’s academic standards and graduation requirements” and review them at least every 10 years.
September 7, 2017 – Section 120B.021 2017 edition year (current version) published electronically.
K – 12: Speaking, Viewing, Listening, and Media Literacy Standards.
In Minnesota, the K-12 standards address viewing and media literacy, in addition to Common Core standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.
2010 – Minnesota partially adopts Common Core ELA standards with state additions incorporating media literacy.
2012 – 2013 – Full Common Core ELA implementation.