Mo. Repeals Teacher-Student Internet Restrictions

7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, October 21 2011 Oct 21, 2011 Friday, October 21, 2011 1:35:00 PM CDT October 21, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

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 signature Friday will delete a law enacted earlier this year barring 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.

The new legislation also 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 the new legislation during their current special session.

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