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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."

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Title Annotation:STATELINE; teachers and social media
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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