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UPDATE 2:59 p.m. SB 1: Signed and On Its Way to the Governor

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Today I am working on an article about the Turner School District. In the meantime, I’ve just received an update from the Missouri National Education Association legislative director regarding Senate Bill 1, a revision of the portion of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act regulating teacher-student relationships online:

Missouri NEA Special Legislative Update

By Otto Fajen


House Speaker Steven Tilley signed SCS/SB 1 (Jane Cunningham), a bill pertaining to school board policies on employee-student communications, on October 6. The bill has passed both chambers and will now return to the Senate and be presented to the Governor.

The Governor will have the option to sign the bill into law, veto the bill and return it to the legislature with his objections or allow the bill to go into effect without signature.

SCS/SB 1 revises and simplifies existing law regarding school policies on employee-student communications as contained in section 162.069 from SB 54 (Jane Cunningham), a bill enacted in the 2011 Regular Session and signed into law by the Governor. Missouri NEA appreciates the Governor’s action to include the issue in the special session. SCS/SB 1 maintains local control so teachers, parents and students can provide input regarding board policies that affect them.

UPDATE: This just in from the Missouri State Teachers’ Association — “Update from our Legislative Director: Senate Bill 1 (formerly Senate Bill 54) was delivered to the Governor today.”


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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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