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School bus driver fired for Facebook posting critical of district sues Georgia school board

School bus driver fired for Facebook posting sues Georgia school board.

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Oregon district’s “sportsmanship and social media” policy the subject of free speech suit

A member of the Scappoose High School dance team and her mother have filed suit against the Oregon school district alleging that its newly adopted “sportsmanship and social media” policy violates the plaintiffs’ constitutionally protected free speech and due process rights.

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California district hires company to monitor students’ online activity

Glendale Unified School District has hired Geo Listening to monitor and analyze what students post online, on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Students challenge California district’s social media policy creating standards and sanctions for students in athletics and extracurriculars

The Student Press Law Center has sent a letter to the Lodi Unified School District asking its school board to suspend a controversial social media policy.

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National study finds drugs and alcohol becoming increasingly accessible to high school students

The Portsmouth Daily Times reports that the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has issued its annual survey, “National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens.” In the survey, NCASA reports that nearly nine out of 10 high school students, 86% of those surveyed, say that some classmates drink, use drugs, and smoke during the school day.

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Teacher’s aide challenges Michigan district claiming she was suspended for refusing to provide online passwords

According to a WSBT TV report in the South Bend Tribune, Kimberly Hester, a teacher’s aide at Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan, is in a legal battle with Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (LCISD) for suspending her from her position after refusing to give the district access to her Facebook page.  Hester says she became a […]

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Maryland district explores regulation of student and teacher social media use

Anne Arudel County school officials, like their counterparts elsewhere in Maryland, are struggling to draft rules governing how to use social media and to avoid its pitfalls, reports The Capital. The schools are currently working on guidelines, but must also be careful about the First Amendment implications.

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Staff raise concerns about South Dakota district’s proposed policy restricting communications with students

According an Associated Press (AP) report, officials at Rapid City Area Schools are reconsidering a change to the technology policy that would have made it tougher for district staff to contact students through social media, e-mail and text messages.

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Texas board votes to terminate counselor accused of sexting student

The Judson Independent School District (JISD) school board has voted 6-0 to terminate elementary school counselor Cynthia Stewart, who is accused of sexting a 15 year-old student, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

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Missouri’s governor signs bill repealing portion of state’s “Facebook law”

According to an Associated Press (AP) report in Education Week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation repealing a contentious law that had limited online communication between teachers and students and caused a judge to warn that it infringed on free-speech rights.

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