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Education Legislation

California passes new laws to improve education

Article 1. California media literacy bill signed into law

The new law recommends media literacy be added to the English curriculum
Governor Gavin Newson recently signed Assembly Bill 873 on Oct. 13, 2023, requiring media literacy instruction to be given to students in the state of California starting after 2024. The bill calls for the Model Library Standards, which include guidelines on media literacy education, to be incorporated into the English, science, math and history curriculums. The bill mentions social media and online misinformation as the reasons to teach media literacy in schools and claims misinformation is a threat to society. The Model School...
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Article 2. Bans on bans

New California law adds protection to maintaining inclusive texts
When librarian Laura Utile’s children came home from Catholic class one day talking about how their teacher banned them from reading “The Golden Compass,” Utile responded with a simple question: “What does that make you want to do?” Their curiosity had fueled their desire to read the book, and Utile’s solution was straightforward: “We’ll read it together.”  Utile believes having conversations with her children about books and why they might be controversial is more beneficial than banning the books. She recognizes that her children...

Article 3. Investing in student wellness

California bill increases funding for school-based mental health services
Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 483 on Oct. 8, 2023, and it went into effect Jan. 1, 2024, increasing funding for health services in California schools, particularly mental healthcare. The bill ensures that all participating local education agencies (LEAs) are reimbursed by the state for all the eligible healthcare expenses. The State Department of Health Care Services is required to distribute an updated program guide to LEAs by July 1, 2024. According to FUHSD’s website, the district spends close...
Ethan Kellogg
Taryn Lam
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