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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Missouri May Repeal Teacher Facebook Ban Law

A local newspaper, St. Louis newspaper,St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/11, By Jason Hancock ,  reports that the Missouri state legislature may repeal key provisions of the law.  In August, 2011 [two days before the law was to take effect], the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) obtained a preliminary injunction. As the article states:

 The bill removes provisions from a law passed this year prohibiting teachers from having private online conversations with students. Instead, local school districts must now develop their own social media policy by March 1, 2012. Those policies must include "the use of electronic media and other mechanisms to prevent improper communications between staff members and students."

The changes come in response to a judge’s order issued last month blocking the law from taking effect because of concerns that it infringes on free-speech rights. Critics of the law believe it could cut off even the most innocent online exchanges on social networking sites like Facebook.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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This is an interesting case to watch because it will determine whether a public sector employee can regulate the private activities of its employees.

Posted by: Va attorneys | Oct 11, 2011 11:37:24 PM

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