First, the Missouri State Senate voted through Bill 54 that would make it illegal for students and teachers to have non-public contact through Facebook. Then, the Missouri State Teachers Association sued in an attempt to block the law, citing the potential for infringment on free speech. Now, the Missouri Judge providing over the case has agreed with the teachers stating that the law could have drastic implications when it comes to free speech.
This isn't any sort of ending though. Instead, it's more of an intermission. The law hasn't be ruled unconstiutional but rather potentially unconsitituional the whole shebang has been put on hold until the Missouri General Assembly reconvenes in Februrary. Until then, private Facebook interaction, private and public, remains legal, but who knows what kind lines of reasoning and "evidence" for both sides could arise between know and then. Expect to hear more come February.
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A few weeks ago, a law was passed in Missouri that would make it illegal for teachers to have non-public interactions with their students on Facebook. The law was set to go into effect on August 28th, but now the Missouri State Teachers Association has sued in an attempt to block it. While it's easy to imagine a variety of objections teachers might have to this legislation, the claim the Teachers Association is making in their suit is that the law violates right to free speech, a claim which may or may not actually be true. Reuters quotes state Senator Jane Cunningham as putting it this way
It doesn't stop any avenue of communication whatsoever, it only prohibits hidden communication between educators and minors who have not graduated.Read More
Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian, or legal guardian. Teachers also cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.Read More