Senator Bill Dodd is celebrating the passing of his bill which will require media literacy be taught in California schools. Senator Dodd spoke at a forum at U.C. Davis this week to explain why education on topics such as “fake news” is necessary.
Senate Bill 830 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week and requires the California State Department of Education to provide resources and instructional materials on media literacy. It also requires education media development programs be made available for educators. Senator Dodd says he was inspired to create the bill after a Stanford study found 80-percent of middle schoolers were unable to distinguish ads from news. The education department has until July of next year to prepare its new program.