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Current Legislation

Senate Bill 1104 – Required instruction in civics, civility and citizenship, including media literacy.

NY Senate Bill 1104
Sponsor: Sen. Brad Hoylman [D].

Requires the public school curriculum for children in kindergarten through grade twelve to include a minimum of two hours per week instruction in civics lessons.

Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
The regents shall ensure that the course of instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve includes a component on civility, citizenship and character education. Such component shall instruct students on the principles of honesty, tolerance, racial and global harmony, media literacy, personal responsibility, morals and ethics, respect for others, with an emphasis on discouraging acts of harassment, bullying, discrimination, observance of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and other traits which will enhance the quality of their experiences in, and contributions to, the community.

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:

    Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, New York chapter leader

    In New York, we are partnering with the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
    Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of NAMLE, is taking the lead on the legislative effort.
    She can be reached at: mciullalipkin@namle.net

NY Senate Bill 1104

Jan 11, 2019 – Senate: Referred to Education.

Assembly Bill 106 – Appointment of a media literacy advisory committee.

NY Assembly Bill 106
Sponsors: Linda Rosenthal [D], Ellen Jaffee [D], Felix Ortiz [D], Jose Rivera [D], Michael Blake [D], Fred Thiele [D], Walter Mosley [D], Vivian Cook [D], Yuh-line Niou [D], Jo Simon [D]. 

Directs the commissioner of education to appoint a media literacy advisory committee to study the teaching of media literacy; requires such committee to annually review policy on media literacy.

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:

    Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, New York chapter leader

    In New York, we are partnering with the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
    Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of NAMLE, is taking the lead on the legislative effort.
    She can be reached at: mciullalipkin@namle.net

NY Assembly Bill 106

Jan 9, 2019 – Assembly: Referred to Education.

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 DemocracyReady NY Coalition, a broad statewide group spearheaded by the Center of Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University, is currently researching media literacy education policy and practices. With input from its members, who include educators, researchers, students, parents, youth development specialists, and advocates, among others, the Coalition will create a set of policy recommendations to improve both the quality and equity of media literacy education in New York State. DemocracyReady NY expects to circulate its recommendations in April 2019, with the goal of providing a timely and useful resource for state policymakers and school officials. (The current bill asks that a taskforce be created to research these recommendations; the updated version will present specific curricular recommendations.)

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:

    Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, New York chapter leader

    In New York, we are partnering with the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
    Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of NAMLE, is taking the lead on the legislative effort.
    She can be reached at: mciullalipkin@namle.net

NY Assembly Bill 5981

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.

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