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Missouri Senate passes revision to teacher-student Facebook law

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | 11:25 a.m. CDT; updated 12:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have overwhelmingly passed a bill revising a new law that restricts teachers' online conversations with students.

The legislation would change a law that bars teachers from using websites that give "exclusive access" to students, such as sending private messages on Facebook. Senators voted 33-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the House.

Nixon asked that the law be repealed, but senators went a step further. The new bill would require local school boards to develop policies on communications between employees and students, including those conducted by electronic media.

The Missouri law was placed on hold last month by a judge because of free-speech concerns. Gov. Jay Nixon then added the measure to a special legislative session that began earlier this month.


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