Mo. repeals teacher-student Internet restrictions

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing a contentious law that had limited online discussions between teachers and students.

Nixon's Friday action eliminates a law enacted earlier this year that barred teachers from using websites that allow "exclusive access" with current or former students 18 or younger. Some teachers raised concerns that they would be restricted from using social media sites such as Facebook, which allow private messages.

Along with repealing the Internet restriction, the new law requires school districts to develop policies on the use of electronic media between employees and students.

A Missouri judge had placed a temporary hold on the Internet law shortly before it was to take effect in August.

Lawmakers approved legislation repealing the law during their current special session.
 

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