Concerning media literacy and digital citizenship in schools 2017
This law 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. It 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.
WA Senate Bill 5449
Sponsors: Sen. Marko Liias [D], Sen. Hans Zeiger [R], Sen. Andrew Billig [D], Sen. Samuel Hunt [D], Sen. David Frockt [D].
This law, 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 Washington’s Senate Bill 6273, the basis for the national policy model that Media Literacy Now is rolling out to states around the country.
2017 REGULAR SESSION
Jan 25, 2017 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Feb 13, 2017 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Feb 16, 2017 – Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Feb 21, 2017 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Mar 2, 2017 – 1st substitute bill (EDU 17); Third reading, passed; yeas, 40; nays, 9; absent, 0; excused, 0.
Mar 6, 2017 – House, First reading, referred to Education.
Mar 16, 2017 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education.
Mar 28, 2017 – Executive action taken in the House Committee on Education: Majority; do pass.
Mar 29, 2017 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Apr 6, 2017 – House; Third reading, passed; yeas, 76; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused, 1.
Apr 14, 2017 – Senate; Delivered to Governor.
Apr 20, 2017 – Senate; Governor signed. Chapter 90, 2017 Laws.
Apr 20, 2017 – Effective date 7/23/2017.
Concerning media literacy and digital citizenship in public schools 2016
As technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use technology. This law 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.
WA Senate Bill 6273
Sponsors: Liias, Litzow, Rolfes, Fain, Mullet, et al.
WA House Bill 2595
Sponsors: Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Peterson, Robinson, McBride, et al.
WA Senate Bill 6273
WA House Bill 2595
Jan 13, 2016 – Introduced, First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Jan 18, 2016 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Jan 28, 2016 – Reported out of Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education, referred to Senate Rules Committee.
Feb 9, 2016 – Passed Senate, 48-0.
Feb 10, 2016 – House: First reading, referred to Education.
Feb 22, 2016 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education.
Mar 1, 2016 – Passed House of Representatives, 94-3.
Mar 8, 2016 – Passed Senate, 47-0.
Mar 29, 2016 – S6273 signed by Governor Jay Inslee.
Jun 9, 2016 – Effective date.
K-12 information technology and digital citizenship support.
This law changed the name of the school-library media program to the school library information and technology program. It also expanded the duties of the program and the teacher/librarian.
AN ACT Relating to school library information and technology programs.
The teacher-librarian’s duties may include … 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…
Senate Bill 5294
Sponsors: McAuliffe, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Hasegawa, Chase.
Apr 17, 2015 – Passed.
Jul 24, 2015 – Effective date.
Senate Bill 5594 – Supporting media literacy and digital citizenship.
WA Senate Bill 5594
Sponsors: Marko Liias [D], Judith Warnick [R], Claire Wilson [D], Lisa Wellman [D], Patty Kuderer [D], Joe Nguyen [D], Rebecca Saldana [D], Hans Zeiger [R].
This bill would have established a grant program to develop media literacy programs to be integrated in English, social studies, or health. It also would have provided for two media literacy conferences to disseminate the work of the grantees.
Although this bill stalled in the legislature, in September of 2019 the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced a new media literacy education grant program. Funds ($150,000 were allocated by the 2019 legislature for 2019/2020) will be awarded through a competitive grant process for the development of K-12 curriculum units focused on media literacy or digital citizenship, or both, that may be integrated into social studies, English language arts, or health classes. Washington State’s Office of Public Instruction Bulletin regarding Media Literacy Grants.
Jan 24, 2019 – Senate: First reading. Referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Feb 20, 2019 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
Feb 22, 2019 – Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education: Majority do pass. Referred to Ways & Means.