New Jersey Legislation

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Current Legislation

Assembly Bill 132 – Requires instruction on information literacy in curriculum of students in grades kindergarten through 12.

NJ Assembly Bill 132

Sponsors: Wayne P. DeAngelo, Daniel R. Benson, Mila M. Jasey, Primary Sponsors; Shavonda E. Sumter, Co-Sponsor.

This bill requires school districts to incorporate instruction on information literacy into the curriculum in each of the grades kindergarten through 12. “Information literacy,” as used in the bill, means a set of skills that enables an individual to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literacy includes digital, visual, media, textual, and technological literacy.

The bill would develop curriculum guidelines on information literacy. The guidelines will provide a course of study for each of the grades kindergarten through 12 and must include, at a minimum, the following:

(1) knowledge of the research process and how information is created and produced,
(2) skills in using information resources and critical thinking about those resources,
(3) the abilities to evaluate information critically and competently, to recognize relevant primary and secondary information, and to distinguish among facts, points of view, and opinions,
(4) access to information and information tools, and
(5) an understanding of economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and how to use information ethically and legally.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here

    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate

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    to both your State Representative and your State Senator or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy–be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

    Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

    Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

    Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).

    Sincerely,

    Your Name, Address
    (email and phone)

  • Let Us Know

    about your outreach and THANK YOU–you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    New Jersey:
    Lauren K. Terry
    lterry@medialiteracynow.org

NJ Assembly Bill 132

Last Session Bill Number: A4858

January 9, 2018 – Assembly: Introduced, referred to Assembly Education Committee.

Senate Bill 436 – Requires Department of Education to encourage boards of education to offer instruction in media literacy.

NJ Senate Bill 436

Primary sponsors: This bill was previously introduced (as S1761) by Senator Diane B. Allen, a long-time supporter of media literacy. Since Media Literacy Now started working with her, the new bill has attracted additional sponsors: Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Rep. Wayne DeAngelo, Rep. Daniel Benson, and Rep. Mila Jasey.

This bill, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would require the Department of Education to encourage each board of education throughout the state to offer instruction in media literacy, and to study the feasibility of incorporating the instruction into the curriculum of the Common Core State Standards in English-Language Arts. The law puts a particular emphasis on media literacy in response to violence in the media.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here

    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate

  • Write an Email

    to both your State Representative and your State Senator or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy–be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

    Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

    Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

    Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).

    Sincerely,

    Your Name, Address
    (email and phone)

  • Let Us Know

    about your outreach and THANK YOU–you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    New Jersey:
    Lauren K. Terry
    lterry@medialiteracynow.org

NJ Senate Bill 436

Jan 12, 2016 – Introduced, and referred to the Senate Education Committee.
June 20, 2016 – Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading.
June 27, 2016 – Passed by the Senate (39-0) and referred to Assembly Education Committee.
January 9, 2018 – Reintroduced; referred to Assembly Education Committee.

Previous Session Bill Number: S1761

Existing Law

Senate Bill 2317/Assembly Bill 3628 – Establishes the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium.

NJ Senate Bill 2317/Assembly Bill 3628

S2317 primary sponsors: Loretta Weinberg, Loretta, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
A3628 primary sponsors: Louis D. Greenwald, Paul D. Moriarty, Carol Murphy, Loretta Weinberg, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.

This legislation creates the Civic Information Consortium which will invest in projects designed to meet the information needs of New Jersey residents.

Free Press Action Fund conceived the legislation by drawing on more than two years of community input and engagement. The historic bill creates the Civic Information Consortium and will invest the $5 million in projects designed to meet the information needs of residents around New Jersey, especially in underserved communities, low-income communities and communities of color.

The Civic Information Consortium will be a collaborative effort led by The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University and Rutgers University.

The consortium will fund projects to improve the quantity and quality of news and information in New Jersey communities, which would benefit longstanding and startup news outlets alike while also launching media-literacy and civic-engagement programs. It will also provide grants to support the information needs of New Jersey’s low-income communities and communities of color.

July 2, 2018, freepress.net

Senate Bill 2317
March 22, 2018 – Senate: Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee.
June 18, 2018 – Senate: Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading.
June 25, 2018 – Senate: Senate Amendment (29-0) (Weinberg), Substituted by A3628.

Assembly Bill 3628
March 12, 2018 – Assembly: Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee.
June 18, 2018 – Assembly: Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee, Reported out of Assembly w/Amendments, 2nd Reading.
June 21, 2018 – Assembly: Passed.
June 25, 2018 – Senate: Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading, Senate Amendment, Substituted for S2317 (2R), Passed by the Senate (35-0).
June 25, 2018 – Assembly: Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence.
July 1, 2018 – Awaiting Governor’s signature.

C.18A:35-4.27 – Instruction on responsible use of social media.

NJ C.18A:35-4.27

Sponsor: Asm. Angel Fuentes.

In January, 2014, New Jersey passed a law requiring schools to teach safe and ethical use of social media.

Under this law, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, each school district shall incorporate instruction on the responsible use of social media into the technology education curriculum for students in grades 6 through 8 as part of the district’s implementation of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Technology.

The instruction shall provide students with information on: (1) the purpose and acceptable use of various social media platforms; (2) social media behavior that ensures cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics; and (3) potential negative consequences, including cyberbullying, of failing to use various social media platforms responsibly.

The Commissioner of Education is required to provide school districts with sample learning activities and resources designed to promote the responsible use of social media.

NJ C.18A:35-4.27

Passed January 24th, 2014.

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