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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3285        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 472


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



David M. Rogers and Katherine M. Clark


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act concerning media literacy in schools.






David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3285        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 472

By Representative Rogers of Cambridge and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 472) of David M. Rogers and others relative to media literacy in schools.  Education. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 1956 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act concerning media literacy in schools.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Chapter 69 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 1N the following section:-

              Section 1O.   To equip students with the knowledge and skills for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating in the 21st century media culture, and to ensure students develop the independent thinking and critical analysis skills needed to navigate the messages of a media-saturated world, the department of elementary and secondary education shall authorize and assist in the implementation of programs on teaching media literacy. The components of media literacy covered in the program shall include: Accessing and evaluating information from a variety of internet and other media sources; Analyzing how media messages, including advertising, are constructed and for what purposes; Evaluating media’s explicit and implicit messages, how messages can be interpreted, how values and points of view are included and excluded, and how media can influence ideas and behaviors; Creating media and messages using a variety of media tools, including the use of words, images, sound and other multi-media tools; Participating in a global media culture.

              The department shall develop standards and objectives for media literacy for grades kindergarten to 12, inclusive, within the existing curriculum. The department shall make available to school districts a list of resources to aid in the selection of materials and resources that contain substantive provisions on media literacy, and will ensure that approved media literacy training opportunities are made available for professional development points within the teacher recertification program.

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