How Far Can Schools Go in Regulating Teachers’ Social-Media Use?

March 14, 2011 – In The News
The Philadelphia Inquirer

According to Jeffrey Sultanik, most school districts in Pennsylvania have not implemented guidelines for employee use of social media. Sultanik said social media policies raise legal concerns, including those involving the First Amendment. School boards might justifiably regulate employees’ use of social media when it interferes with the school district’s work, he said. Boards can also ban social media use that breaches confidentiality obligations or school regulations.

“The ultimate question here is whether a public entity such as a school district has the right to mandate what people do off school property,” Sultanik said.