A new Missouri law restricting online communication between teachers and students suffered two setbacks Friday. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Representative Mike Lair:
The Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, better known as the Facebook bill, was two days shy of taking effect. It was first blocked by a judge and then Governor Jay Nixon called for its repeal on Friday. A few school administrators still aren’t sure just what this new legislation means. Some confusion comes from the language of the law. In particular, the section that says teachers are barred from using websites that give them “exclusive access” to current and former students. According to Representative Mike Lair, that particular part was not needed. “It was heavy-handed. It was done by people who really don’t know education very well. There are many teachers who communicate by using social networking. No one wants to see young people get abused. I don’t believe this bill did much to stop that,” Lair said.
The law limiting teacher-student conversations through social networking sites had been scheduled to take effect Sunday. The measure is on hold until at least February.