Educational Technology

August 26, 2011

Online Learning: ACLU sues Missouri school district over internet filtering

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by eSchool News

The ACLU has no problems with schools blocking out sexually explicit content, but it says many schools are using filtering software to block sites that are purely educational. In the latest development in its national “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which aims to stop schools from blocking students’ access to educational websites about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 against a Missouri school district. The civil rights organization said in a news release that the lawsuit was filed in federal court in Jefferson City, Mo., against the Camdenton R-III School District in central Missouri on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. Those organizations include the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays National, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

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