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Media literacy bill sent to governor

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The state Senate on Tuesday passed State Bill 234, which requires public high schools in the state to provide instruction on how to understand and rate news and social media as part of their computer literacy courses.

Senator Karina Villa, a Democrat from west Chicago, supported the bill in the Senate. It now goes to Governor JB Pritzker.

The requirement would begin in the 2022-23 school year and would include instructions on how to access information across different platforms; Analysis and evaluation of media messages; Creating your own media messages; and social responsibility and citizenship.

There was no debate on the measure on Tuesday as it passed 42-15. The House passed it on April 20 with 68 to 44 votes.

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