The technology page deals with legal issues related to Internet, e-mail, video, and oher emerging technology. This section will provide information on E-rate, software filters, social networking and other off-campus student websites and free speech, Internet acceptable use policies, and privacy.

Additional Resources

KK v. BCPS 2009
Motion for summary judgment. Granted in favor BCPS on student's due process claim

Kowalski v. BCPS 2008
Motion to dismiss suit - granted in part and denied in part. Granted as to student's free speech claim and denied as students due process claim.

Inquiry & Analysis, February 2010
In this issue: Sexting at School: Lessons Learned the Hard Way and more.

NSBA Amicus Brief American Library Assoc. v. U.S. (U.S. Sup. Ct.)
First Amendment: speech - Children's Internet Protection Act requiring use of filtering software on school computers.

NSBA Amicus Brief Page v. Lexington County School District One (4th Cir.)
First Amendment: Government speech—school district statements on proposed legislation—hyperlinks on school web sites

Legal Issues & Education Technology: A School Leader's Guide
This NSBA Council of School Attorneys' publication emphasizes preventive strategies and knowledge school leaders need to avoid costly, disruptive litigation as they attempt to successfully blend various technologies into the instructional and administrative work of schools. Contents reflect recent legislation and court decisions and are presented in accessible format and language. Topics include: filters; legal requirements for accessible Web design and ergonomically sound facilities; student and staff privacy rights; COPPA, CIPA, FERPA, ADA compliance issues and updates; copyright; acceptable use policies; off-site data storage policies; commercial agreements with e-businesses; open-meeting. 121 pages. Order No. 03-150-W. ISBN 0-88364-247-6(List $35.00, National Affiliates $28.00)

COSA eDocs Store resources on technology
A collection of downloadable resources available individually for purchase from the NSBA Council of School Attorneys (COSA) for modest fees.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC)
USAC administers the Schools and Libraries Program of Universal Service Fund, other wise known as the federal E-Rate program, which ensures that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.

Office of Educational Technology
This office of the U.S. Department of Education develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through department-wide programs.

Children and the Internet: Laws Relating to Filtering, Blocking and Usage Policies in Schools
A guide to federal and state internet laws from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Last updated Jan. 13, 2011.

eSchool News
eSchool News is a monthly newspaper developed to provide the news and information necessary to help K-12 decision-makers successfully use technology and the Internet to transform our nation's schools and achieve educational goals.

NSBA advocacy resources on E-Rate
Resources on the federal E-Rate program from NSBA's Office of Advocacy, including reports on the program and letters to Congress.

NSBA Technology Leadership Network (TLN)
TLN is a school district networking program that offers a complete package of benefits and is an innovative way to bring the school board, administrators, and the district technology team together to glean the best practices from other districts and to make well-informed technology decisions. The TLN website features many resources on school technology.

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