Assembly Bill 5981A – To study the teaching of digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy.
NY Assembly Bill 5981
Sponsors: Asm. Linda Rosenthal, Asm. Ellen Jaffee, Asm. Felix Ortiz, Asm. Jose Rivera, Asm. Michael Blake, Asm. Fred Thiele, Asm. Walter Mosley.
AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to study the teaching of digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy; and to amend the education law, in relation to requiring schools to annually review its policy and procedures on digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy.
The commissioner of education shall make a report of his or her findings, including any recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and appropriate and best practices for instruction that provides guidance about thoughtful, safe, and strategic uses of online and other media resources and education on how to apply critical thinking skills when consuming and producing media in any form.
The Center of Educational Equity at Columbia University has put together a task force to research best practices for the classroom. The timeline is for these findings to be published by April 2019, so that revisions to the most recent bill can be updated. The current bill asks that a taskforce be created to research these recommendations; the updated version will present specific curricular recommendations.
Jan 3, 2018 – Reintroduced; referred to Education Committee.
Feb 21, 2017 – Assembly; Referred to Education Committee.
Mar 21, 2018 – Assembly; Amend and recommit to Education.