Amy Hestir Student Protection Act http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. repeals teacher-student Internet restrictions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-repeals-teacher-student-internet-restrictions <p><em>Updated at&nbsp;6:23 p.m. to include comments from the bill&#39;s sponsor, and Gov. Nixon&#39;s criticism of the bill, despite signing it</em></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696921"> signed legislation</a> repealing a contentious law, known by some as the &quot;Facebook law,&quot; that had limited online discussions between teachers and students.</p><p>Nixon&#39;s signature Friday will delete <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-outlaws-student-teacher-facebook-friendship">a law enacted earlier this year</a> barring teachers from using websites that allow &quot;exclusive access&quot; with current or former students 18 or younger. Some <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/educators-working-sponsor-fix-facebook-law">teachers raised concerns</a> that they would be restricted from using social media sites such as Facebook, which allow private messages. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:20:58 +0000 The Associated Press, Kelsey Proud & Marshall Griffin 2304 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. repeals teacher-student Internet restrictions Mo. Senate passes revision to teacher-Facebook law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-passes-revision-teacher-facebook-law <p>Missouri senators have overwhelmingly passed a bill revising a new law that restricts teachers&#39; online conversations with students.</p><p>The legislation would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give &quot;exclusive access&quot; to students, such as sending private messages on Facebook. Senators voted 33-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:05:01 +0000 The Associated Press 2047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate passes revision to teacher-Facebook law Mo. Senate backs revision to teacher-Facebook law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-backs-revision-teacher-facebook-law <p>The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation revising a contentious new state law that limits teacher communications with students over the Internet.</p><p>The bill given initial approval Monday would repeal a law barring teachers from using websites that give &quot;exclusive access&quot; to students. The provision already had <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-judge-blocks-facebook-limits-teachers">been temporarily blocked</a> by a judge last month because of free-speech concerns.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:29:44 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 2037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senate backs revision to teacher-Facebook law Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-judge-blocks-facebook-limits-teachers <p><em><strong>Updated 4:19 p.m. with comment from the Missouri State Teachers Association and Missouri State Sen. Jane Cunningham, the sponsor of the original bill which became law</strong></em></p><p><em>From Todd Fuller of the Missouri State Teachers Association: </em></p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a sigh of relief for all teachers throughout the state who use social media, and it allows them to continue to use it in the positive way that they&rsquo;re already using it and continue to interact with their students the way they have been.&rdquo;</p><p><em>From Missouri State Sen.&nbsp; </em><em>Jane Cunningham</em>, <em>R-Chesterfiel<span style="font-style: italic;">d,</span> who sponsored the bill.&nbsp; She acknowledges that there&rsquo;s been confusion over what the restrictions will and won&rsquo;t do, and says she has a solution:</em></p><p>&ldquo;We have come up with some language that we feel like is ready to go&hellip;we don&rsquo;t need to punt for more input, (I&rsquo;m) not opposed to it, but we&rsquo;ve got some agreed upon language with the stakeholders and we&rsquo;re ready to clarify that language.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><em>Updated 1:11 p.m. with Gov. Nixon&#39;s action</em></strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon says he will add the teacher Internet issue to the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Sept. 6. Nixon says he wants lawmakers to repeal the new law.</p><p>His Friday announcement came shortly after a Missouri judge issued a preliminary injunction (see below) blocking the law from taking effect as scheduled on Sunday.</p><p><strong><em>Updated 11:32 a.m. with link to full ruling</em></strong></p><p>A Missouri judge has blocked a law restricting Internet communications between teachers and students from taking effect Sunday.</p><p>(You can<a href="http://www.msta.org/files/resources/publications/injunction.pdf"> read the full ruling here</a>).</p><p>Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a preliminary injunction against the law Friday, calling it a staggering prohibition of free speech rights.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:24:23 +0000 The Associated Press, St. Louis Public Radio & Marshall Griffin 1947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri judge blocks Facebook limits for teachers Educators working with sponsor on fix for "Facebook" law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/educators-working-sponsor-fix-facebook-law <p>A group of educators led by the Missouri National Education Association says its confident it can strike a deal with lawmakers to settle confusion over a new state law governing how students and teachers interact using social media like Facebook.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:10:39 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Educators working with sponsor on fix for "Facebook" law