Washington Legislation

Washington Legislation 2017-08-02T15:03:51+00:00

Existing Law

SB5449  – Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety in schools.

SENATE BILL 5449 | Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety in schools.

This bill, signed by the Governor on April 20th, 2017,  follows up on recommendations from the OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction), as a result of the implementation of SB6273. Washington’s SB6273 is the basis for the national policy model that Media Literacy Now is rolling out to states around the country.

2017 REGULAR SESSION
January 25, 2017 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
February 13, 2017 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
February 16, 2017 – Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
February 21, 2017 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
March 2, 2017 – 1st substitute bill (EDU 17); Third reading, passed; yeas, 40; nays, 9; absent, 0; excused, 0.
March 6, 2017 – House, First reading, referred to Education.
March 16, 2017 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education.
March 28, 2017 – Executive action taken in the House Committee on Education: Majority; do pass.
March 29, 2017 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
April 6, 2017 – House; Third reading, passed; yeas, 76; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused, 1.
April 14, 2017 – Senate; Delivered to Governor.
April 20, 2017 – Senate; Governor signed. Chapter 90, 2017 Laws.
April 20, 2017 – Effective date 7/23/2017.

SENATE BILL  5449 
AN ACT Relating to digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety in schools

Requires the Washington state school directors’ association to:

(1) Review and revise its model policy and procedures on electronic resources and internet safety; and

(2) Develop a checklist of items for school districts to consider when updating their policy and procedures. Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to:

      (1) Survey teacher-librarians, principals, and technology directors to understand how they are currently integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum; and

      (2) Create a web-based location with links to recommended successful practices and resources to support digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety.

SB6273 | HB2595 – Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools

January 13, 2016 – Introduced.

January 18, 2016 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.

January 28, 2016 – Reported out of Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education, referred to Senate Rules Committee.

February 9, 2016 – S6273  passed Senate, 48-0.

February 22, 2016 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education.

March 1, 2016 – S6273 passed House of Representatives, 94-3.

March 8, 2016 –  S6273 passed Senate, 47-0.

March 29, 2016 – S6273 signed by Governor Jay Inslee.

June 9, 2016 – Effective date.

SENATE BILL 6273 | Digital Citizenship – Instruction in Public Schools

Washington State Legislature SB6273 – 2015-16 Bill Information

Session law:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/6273-S.SL.pdf

Final report:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/Senate/6273-S%20SBR%20FBR%2016.pdf

SENATE BILL 6273 | Digital Citizenship – Instruction in Public Schools is an act relating to safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.

As technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use technology. This bill enables students, parents or guardians, teachers and other school employees, administrators, volunteers, and community representatives to engage in an ongoing discussion on safe technology use, Internet use, digital citizenship, and media literacy.

Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), along with an advisory committee, is now empowered to develop best practices and recommendations, including instructional guidance about thoughtful, safe, and strategic uses of online and other media resources, and education in how to apply critical thinking skills when consuming and producing information.

Senate Bill 5294 | K-12 Information Technology and Digital Citizenship support

Passed April 17, 2015. Effective date July 24, 2015.

“The teacher-librarian’s duties may include, but are not limited to, collaborating with his or her schools to:
Instruct students in digital citizenship including how to be critical consumers of information and provide guidance about thoughtful and strategic use of online resources…”

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5294-S.SL.pdf#page=1

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