Printer Friendly

10 All A-twitter over tweeting.


A state judge in August issued an injunction blocking a Missouri law from taking effect that would have barred teachers from using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their students. The judge said the law "would have a chilling effect on speech." Lawmakers passed the law as part of a larger package of legislation to protect children from sexual abuse in schools. Teacher unions challenged the prohibition, arguing that social networking is used widely and effectively among educators. Lawmakers responded in September by passing a bill that repeals the social media ban but requires local school districts to revise their policies to "prevent improper communications between staff members and students."

COPYRIGHT 2011 National Conference of State Legislatures
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:STATELINE; teachers and social media
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Oct 1, 2011
Previous Article:6 Four odd out.
Next Article:The 800-pounds Gorilla: state lawmakers are trying to cut costs so the program will survive, even when millions more are added to the rolls.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters