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Public Act 102-0055


Public Act 0055 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 102-0055
HB0234 EnrolledLRB102 10013 CMG 15333 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
27-20.08 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/27-20.08 new)
    Sec. 27-20.08. Media literacy.
    (a) In this Section, "media literacy" means the ability to
access, analyze, evaluate, create, and communicate using a
variety of objective forms, including, but not limited to,
print, visual, audio, interactive, and digital texts.
    (b) Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public
high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of
instruction on media literacy. The unit of instruction shall
include, but is not limited to, all of the following topics:
        (1) Accessing information: Evaluating multiple media
    platforms to better understand the general landscape and
    economics of the platforms, as well as issues regarding
    the trustworthiness of the source of information.
        (2) Analyzing and evaluating media messages:
    Deconstructing media representations according to the
    authors, target audience, techniques, agenda setting,
    stereotypes, and authenticity to distinguish fact from
        (3) Creating media: Conveying a coherent message using
    multimodal practices to a specific target audience. This
    may include, but is not limited to, writing blogs,
    composing songs, designing video games, producing
    podcasts, making videos, or coding a mobile or software
        (4) Reflecting on media consumption: Assessing how
    media affects the consumption of information and how it
    triggers emotions and behavior.
        (5) Social responsibility and civics: Suggesting a
    plan of action in the class, school, or community to
    engage others in a respectful, thoughtful, and inclusive
    dialogue over a specific issue using facts and reason.
    (c) The State Board of Education shall determine how to
prepare and make available instructional resources and
professional learning opportunities for educators that may be
used for the development of a unit of instruction under this
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/9/2021