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Four questions to ask yourself before Media Literacy Week | Five for the weekend


October 23, 2021

This year is the week of 25-29 Oct serves as National Media Literacy Week.

Founded in 2014, National Media Literacy Week is designed to recognize and highlight the vital role media literacy plays in our society and how to better and more informedly consume news, social media and more.

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), The Capital-Star has been compiling media literacy coverage for next week, but we invite you to join the discussion too.

Here are a few questions to encourage you to think about media literacy and your own news consumption patterns.

As always, this week’s top 5 stories are below.

Bill Maher: Well that certainly turned out to be correct, although I’m sure he had no problem wearing Scranton. And Pennsylvania has always been a dodgy state on the red-blue continuum.

Q: Now the 2022 Senate race puts Pennsylvania back in the spotlight. Since the Republican US Senator Pat Toomey is not running for re-election, 14 Democrats, 12 Republicans and one candidate from the Liberal Party are running for the open seat. Any thoughts on the Democratic nominee John Fetterman? Openly gay state representative Malcolm Kenyatta? US Representative Conor Lamb? Have you noticed GOP candidates?

A. I haven’t followed this race yet, but I have seen US Representative Conor Lamb [D-17th District] – a moderate democrat – has the right idea. Nothing extreme in any way with respect to laws and regulations or guidelines. I think this is the way.

2. Pa. GOP lawmakers promised transparency, but election investigation negotiations are private

The Republican Senator who led the Pennsylvania election investigation promised a transparent process, but negotiations with potential vendors are taking place behind closed doors.

Because the General Assembly does not have to follow the same procurement practices as the executive offices, Senator Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, who promised a “responsible, thoughtful, and transparent” review is not legally required to post commitments with third parties.

The Pennsylvania Procurement Code describes how the offices of the governor, attorney general, treasurer, auditor, state boards, commissions, and other agencies purchase services and supplies. It guides you through how to promote projects, accept bids, and select successful bidders.

3. Senate Judiciary Committee puts forward bill to increase penalties for those who evade arrest

To honor a Pennsylvania police officer who died on duty, a Senate panel developed laws that would increase sentences for those who evade arrest.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-2 on Tuesday for a bill that would create a new offense for people fleeing police to avoid arrest on foot.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. John Yudichak, I-Lucerne, and Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, came after Scranton police officer John Wilding fell to his death in 2015 while chasing three teenagers suspected of armed robbery .

Despite being charged with Wilding’s death, the suspects pleaded a lesser offense and received a prison sentence of nine to 18 years in prison, according to WNEP-TV.

4th Pa. Board of Directors upholds Wolf’s school mask order; Eyes are on the courts

A Pennsylvania legislature on Thursday morning upheld Governor Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate and ruled that the Democratic governor had properly implemented it within the scope of his administration’s existing powers.

The seldom-used eleven-member panel, known as the Committee on Documents, consists of attorneys, lawmakers, a cabinet secretary, and a representative from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. It has one final word on what a regulation is and what is not.

The committee decided 7-4 to uphold Wolf’s K-12 mask arrangement, which requires all students, teachers and staff to wear masks in school buildings regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. The order applies equally to public and private schools as well as to pre-schools.

5. Senate body puts forward bill that would oblige schools to publish curricula and book titles online

A so-called School Transparency Act, which would require districts to put all curricula and course materials online, goes through Republican-controlled legislation.

The Senate Education Committee voted Monday along the party lines to propose a pre-approved House Bill, drafted by a GOP legislature, requiring Pennsylvania’s schools to make all teaching materials, techniques, and curricula public from the 2022-23 school year.

When course materials are updated, a school’s primary administrator or assignee must update the curriculum online within 30 days of its approval. The bill applies to school districts, medium-sized units, vocational and technical schools, charter programs.

And that’s the week. See you again next weekend.

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