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Introduced by   Representatives Edwards of Brattleboro, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Education; curriculum; media literacy

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to direct the commissioner of education to ensure that media literacy is taught in Vermont public schools.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  INTENT

(a)  The general assembly finds that the increase in information received from and available through computers, magazines, television, and other media has the potential to be extremely useful to Vermont citizens, as well as misleading and overwhelming.  However, many are too busy to inform themselves about how to respond critically to media messages and to use media effectively. 

(b)  Therefore, it is the intent of the general assembly that Vermont students shall be taught effective and critical use of media.  Students should learn to use media effectively in all subject areas, including the use of media to gather and analyze information in math and science classes and the sorting of good information from misleading information in English and social studies classes.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 906 is amended to read:


(a)  In public schools, approved and recognized independent schools and in home study programs, learning experiences shall be provided for pupils in the minimum course of study.

(b)  For purposes of this title, the minimum course of study means learning experiences adapted to a pupil's age and ability in the fields of:

(1)  Basic communication skills, including reading, writing, and the use of numbers;

(2)  Citizenship, history, and government in Vermont and the United States;

(3)  Physical education and comprehensive health education, including the effects of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, and drugs on the human system and on society;

(4)  English, American, and other literature;

(5)  The natural sciences; and

(6)  The fine arts; and

(7)  Effective and critical use of written and electronic media for gathering and analyzing information.



(a)  The commissioner of education shall work with curriculum coordinators and teachers to educate them regarding techniques for incorporating media literacy, as defined throughout the current Vermont Standards of Learning, into their curricula.

(b)  On or before January 15, 2007, the commissioner shall report to the senate and house committees on education on activities designed to make teachers aware of how to incorporate media literacy into their curricula.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont