Posts Tagged ‘school districts’

Florida Student Wins Facebook Fight

December 28, 2010

A Florida high school student who posted that her AP English teacher was, “the worst teacher I’ve ever met” and got suspended from school for three days has won a settlement paying her legal fees and getting the suspension wiped off her school record.

The court had agreed that this was protected First Amendment speech as it was, off-campus, causing no disruptions at school, wasn’t vulgar and not advocating violent or illegal behavior.

School districts across the country are struggling with developing social media policies that maintain order and a safe educational environment while at the same time guaranteeing students and staff their First Amendment rights.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a first amendment case involving Facebook and a school district ends up as a landmark Supreme Court free speech precedent.

School Districts – Protect Yourself with Code of Ethics

October 24, 2010

Hernando County School District is trying to set out a social networking policy for its teacher and other employees.  Unlike the Franklin School which I had blogged about last month having prohibited teachers and staff from any kind of school related social networking posting, Hernando is aware of the potential First Amendment issues involved in such sweeping restrictions and is looking to other districts for guidance.  But as I’ve blogged about before, school districts are all over the map on this issue.

Is It Really that Difficult?

School districts must have teachers sign a code of conduct when they start working for them – why not just include social media in the description of activities like emailing, texting, phoning or meeting students outside of school hours and campus?  Seem like school districts are over-reacting and creating more difficulties for themselves than is necessary

Schools confront social networking challenges

September 27, 2009

Organizations all face tough issues with social networking, mostly involving inappropriate material becoming public but entities where authority is critical to the organizations mission; police, schools, government agencies and the like, are even more vulnerable to the viral danger of social networking.  Schools in particular face difficult issues both from the student end – their facility at social networking and the damage that it can do to peer relationships and from teachers whose authority can be undermined by the salacious photos, discussions of drug use of drunkenness if these things become common knowledge.

Here is an article that addresses some of the legal issues school district face in this regard.