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Current Legislation

Senate Bill 885 – Incorporation of instruction in digital citizenship into the public school curriculum.

TX Senate Bill 885
Sponsor: Sen. Jose Menendez [D].

The State Board of Education… shall require each school district to incorporate instruction in digital citizenship into the district’s curriculum… “Digital citizenship” means the standards of appropriate, responsible, and healthy online behavior, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act on all forms of digital communication.

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:

    Jerone Roy, New York chapter leader

    CEO, Texas Media Literacy Association
    Jerone@tmla.us
    469-263-5489

TX Senate Bill 885

Feb 19, 2019 – Senate: Received by the Secretary of the Senate; Filed.
Mar 1, 2019 – Read first time; referred to Education.

Recent Legislation

House Bill 2645 – Relating to the development of a program and training for public schools on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

TX House Bill 2645

Sponsor: Rep. Senfronia Thompson [D].

This Act would have amended the Education Code, to provide for instruction on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, in the following ways:

* A sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention program, that a school district may use in their health curriculum, would be developed.
* The program would emphasize compassion for victims of sexual abuse or sex trafficking and the creation of a positive reentry experience for survivors of sexual abuse or sex trafficking into schools.
* The methods for increasing awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of children would include training, concerning prevention techniques for and recognition of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and all other maltreatment of children.

Note: This bill was similar to California’s existing legislation regarding sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education (SB 1165), which passed into law in September of 2014.

HB 2645

March 1, 2017 – House; Filed.
March 21, 2017 – Read first time; referred to Public Education.

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