House Bill 199 – Establishes the Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Advisory Council.
Primary sponsors: Del. Richard Sullivan [D], and Del. Chris Hurst [D].
The bill, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would require the the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish and appoint members to the Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Advisory Council (‘the Council’), including at least one teacher, librarian, representative of a parent-teacher organization, school administrator, and individual with expertise in digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy.
The bill requires the Council to (i) develop and recommend to the Board of Education for adoption a model policy for local school boards that would enable such school boards to better support the digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy of all students in the local school division; (ii) develop and recommend to the Board for adoption model instructional practices for the safe, ethical, and responsible use of media and technology by students in public elementary and secondary schools; and (iii) design and post on the Department of Education’s website a page with links to successful instructional practices, curricula, and other teacher resources used in school divisions within and outside of the Commonwealth for the safe, ethical, and responsible use of media and technology by students.
January 29, 2018 – Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N).
January 31, 2018 – Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N); referred to Committee on Appropriations.
February 7, 2018 – Elementary & Secondary Education subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N).
February 13, 2018 – Left in Appropriations; adjourned sine die, without assigning a future meeting or hearing.