Washington Legislation

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Existing Law

Senate Bill 5449  – Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety in schools.

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 bill 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.

WA Senate Bill 5449

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 Washington’s SB6273, 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.

Senate Bill 6273 | House Bill 2595 – Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.

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.

As technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use technology. These companion bills enable 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

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.

Senate Bill 5294 – K-12 information technology and digital citizenship support.

WA Senate Bill 5294

Sponsors: McAuliffe, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Hasegawa, Chase.

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…

Text of the bill

WA Senate Bill 5294

Apr 17, 2015 – Passed.
Jul 24, 2015 – Effective date.

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