School Business Affairs
Who could have anticipated the effect of the Internet on education, or of social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace? Yet given the relatively new state of the law, as the legal system struggles to keep pace with technological advances, the courts are reaching markedly different outcomes on the extent to which education officials can punish students who violate school rules, especially if their behavior originated out of school or involved First Amendment free speech claims.
In light of the legal and technological challenges facing school business officials (SBOs), school boards, and other education leaders, the first part of this column provides a comprehensive review of reported litigation involving student use and misuse of technology in schools. The second part offers recommendations for SBOs, boards, and other education leaders who face the daunting task of complying with the law by keeping their technology policies up-to-date.
Copyright © 2012, ASBO International
Association of School Business Officials
Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J. and Osborne, Allan G. Jr., "Can the Law Keep Pace with Technology? Regulating Student Use of the Internet and Cyberspace" (2012). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 138.