Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Missouri enacts legislation aimed at protecting students from known sexual abusers and restricting teacher online contact with students
The Associated Press (AP) reports in the Kansas City Star that Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires schools to share information about teachers who have sexually abused students and restricting online communication among teachers and students. The purpose of the provision is to prevent school districts from unknowingly hiring someone with a history of substantiated sex abuse allegations.The other provision in the legislation requires school districts to develop policies by 2012 for communication between teachers and students that includes text messages, social networking websites and other electronic devices. Those polices are to restrict teachers from interacting with students on websites or in ways that are not also accessible to others, including school administers and parents.
Kansas City Star, 7/14/11, By Chris Blank (AP)