Media literacy bill rallies support in Assembly

Legislation that would spur the creation of school curriculum to promote critical thinking about the information students consume, was passed out of the Education Committee this week on a 6-0 vote.

SB 135 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Sonoma) was one of three bills that were introduced to address “fake news” this session. In response to the rise of stories with no little or no factual basis that characterized last year’s election, the California Legislature has been pushing media literacy in schools as the solution.

SB 135 would also promote internet-specific training on how to consume and share news as well as advertisements. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where it will be heard after the Legislature’s summer recess.