Teacher-bloggers: Is there a line?

In reading the California Teachers Association magazine, teacher Darren Miller learned that teacher-bloggers’ free-speech rights may be limited by rules barring “immoral or unprofessional conduct.” Or not. The courts haven’t ruled.

Are there reasonable limitations, in addition to the obvious Privacy Act issues, on what teachers can post on their personal blogs when done outside of school hours and not on school equipment? Are there reasonable limitations on what actions or activities a teacher may participate in outside of school hours? If you believe that these limitations exist, how would you square them with the First Amendment?

Teachers who blog have no guidance on what’s OK and what might be considered “unprofessional.”

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  1. Thanks for the link.

    Do you, Joanne, have any idea where that line might be, if there really is one?

  2. No guidelines? Isn’t there an educational version of HIPAA?

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