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Signed Into Law: Missouri Districts Must Make Their Own Policies About Teachers Friending Students on Facebook

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It was down to the deadline. Today was the last day for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to sign SB 1 into law, and he did it.

Here is the report from the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA) Legislative Director Otto Fajen:

GOVERNOR SIGNS SCHOOL COMMUNICATION BILL INTO LAW

Governor Jay Nixon signed SCS/SB 1 (Jane Cunningham), a bill pertaining to school board policies on employee-student communications, into law today at a private ceremony. This was the last day for the Governor to act on the bill, since it was delivered to his office on October 6 and the Constitution provides that he must act within fifteen days on any bill delivered to him while the legislature is still in session.

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 and to sign the bill into law. SCS/SB 1 maintains local control and will now go into law to ensure that teachers, parents and students can provide input regarding board policies that affect them.

And here is a link to the blog announcement with information about possible legal implications of the law posted today by the Missouri State Teachers Associationhttp://tinyurl.com/3nvmcg4.

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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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