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Senate Bill 194 – School Media Literacy Program

NM Senate Bill 194
Sponsor: Carlos R. Cisneros (D).

This Act would make an appropriation for a media literacy program for teachers in public schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

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:

    Pamela Pereyra, New Mexico chapter leader
    Get in touch with her at newmexico@medialiteracynow.org and pamela@mediaheads.org.

NM Senate Bill 194

Jan 15, 2019 – Sent to Senate Pre-file.
Jan 17, 2019 – Sent to Education. Referrals: Education/Finance.
Feb 1, 2019 – Education: Reported by committee with Do Pass recommendation.

House Bill 400 – School Media Literacy Advisory Committee.

NM House Bill 400
Sponsors: Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D),  Rep. Matthew McQueen (D), Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D), Rep. Joy Garratt (D).

This bill would create a media literacy advisory committee, which would advise the public education department on media literacy in public schools.

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:

    Pamela Pereyra, New Mexico chapter leader
    Get in touch with her at newmexico@medialiteracynow.org and pamela@mediaheads.org.

NM House Bill 400

Jan 29, 2019 – Sent to Education – Referrals: Education/Finance.
Feb 13, 2019 – Education: Reported by committee with Do Pass recommendation.
Mar 5, 2019 – Appropriations & Finance: Reported by committee with Do Not Pass but with a Do Pass recommendation on Committee Substitution.

Existing Law

Media Literacy Best Practices

The passage of this bill demonstrated that the legislature acknowledged the importance of best practices in media literacy education.

House Memorial 49 (HM49) asks the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) or other appropriate interim committee to hold a hearing on media literacy and best practices.

HM49 also asks the Public Education Department (PED) and local school districts to develop best practices and to offer media literacy, defined as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, develop, produce and interpret media, and it encompasses the foundational skills that lead to digital citizenship.” Digital citizenship “requires a diverse set of skills related to current technology and social media use and includes the norms of appropriate, responsible and healthy behavior.”

2017 Regular Session – House Memorial 49 – Media Literacy Best Practices

NM House Memorial 49

January 21, 2017 – House; Referred to House Education Committee.
January 24, 2017 –  House; Do pass committee report adopted.
January 26, 2017 –  House; Passed House (44-0).
January 28, 2017 – Signed in House, action completed.

Media literacy as an elective in middle and high schools.

This law states that media literacy may be offered as an elective for graduation requirements for high school, and media literacy may be offered as an elective in 6th through 8th grade.

NM Stat § 22-13-1.1 (2017) 

  • Chapter 22 – Public Schools
    Article 13 – Courses of Instruction and School Programs
    Section 22-13-1.1 – Graduation requirements
    2017 New Mexico Statutes

Recent Legislation

House Bill 303 – Life skills as a graduation requirement, including a major emphasis on media literacy.

NM House Bill 303

Sponsor: Rep. Matthew McQueen [D].

HB303 would have changed the graduation requirements for the New Mexico diploma of excellence for students entering ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year. HB303 would have reduced the mathematics units from four to three and increased the elective units from seven and one-half to eight and one-half. The mathematics units would have included algebra and geometry. HB303 would have moved career cluster courses and languages other than English to elective units. Life skills would have emphasized financial literacy, media literacy, and workplace readiness.

NM House Bill 303

January 20, 2017 – Referred to House Education committee.

API (Action postponed indefinitely).

Senate Bill 14 – Computer programming for language credit.

NM Senate Bill 14

Sponsor: Sen. Jacob Candelaria [D].

This Act would have allowed a course in a modern, widely used computer programming language to count as a language other than English.

NM Senate Bill 14

Jan. 20, 2015 – Introduced; Assigned to Senate Education and then to Senate Public Affairs; Action postponed indefinitely – no further action expected.

House Bill 233 – Media literacy as elective in public schools.

NM House Bill 233

Sponsor: Rep. Antonio Maestas [D].

This bill would have amended the law to require media literacy to be offered as an elective for public schools for students in grades six through twelve.

NM House Bill 233

Jan 23, 2011 – Introduced; Died in Chamber (Action postponed indefinitely).

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