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ACLU: Board of Education's Proposed Social Media Policy Violates First Amendment [POLL]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut sent a letter to the Manchester Board of Education Friday asking its members to reject a proposed policy on social media use by school employees.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says a to regulate school system employees' use of social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter restricts free speech and violates the First Amendment of U.S. Constitution. 

In its letter to Board of Education Chairman Chris Pattacini, the ACLU of Connecticut states that the regulations imposed by the proposed policy are "overly broad and impermissibly vague." 

“Free speech protections apply to social media as much as to any other form of communication,” wrote David McGuire, staff attorney for the ACLU of Connecticut “Teachers and other staff don’t lose their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate, and they don’t lose them when they sign into Facebook. The policy as written would not be likely to withstand a legal challenge. If the board adopts it, the ACLU of Connecticut will monitor its application and encourage employees to contact us if they feel their rights have been violated.”

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Pattacini could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon. 
A copy of the ACLU's letter and the Manchester Board of Education's proposed social media policy are attached as PDFs to this article. 

Greg May 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
No surprise here------would like to hear the "real" reason this is being proposed in the first place.
Gary Benson May 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Good point Greg. It's a shame really that in this day and age the behavior of adults and others has to be directed by policy, proceedures, rules, laws and so on rather than good common sense and moral values.
Jack Benton May 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
There should be certain guidelines put in place to discourage abuse. If social media is being used to teach all of OUR children in a specific class then by all means it shoud be allowed in the classroom. If however, the teacher is surfing the web "for personal reasons/gradification" on school time then it should not be allowed or condoned. Private companies do not allow certain web sites to be viewed, I do not see any reason why the school system would allow it. Remember folks, it is our tax dollars at work, whether you have a child in school or not. We should expect full value for our mony paid.

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