Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Free Speech Rights of Teachers and Social Media Policies for School Districts
by Younger, Vicki Hollis, D.E., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 132; 10245347
Abstract (Summary)

Social media has permeated nearly every facet of our modern society. The influence on our culture has been beneficial but challenging. The impact of social media upon the school environment has been tremendous, yet few school districts have created policies describing its acceptable use by employees. Teachers are left feeling uncertain as to where the boundaries exist for their personal and professional use of social media and what can happen when they cross that undefined line. This dissertation examines the court cases that have influenced employment decisions for school employees and defined employees’ First Amendment right to free speech as it relates to the use of social media. The cases related to students’ free speech limitations that have influenced teachers’ cases will be reviewed, as well as current policies as they exist at the national, state, and local levels. The primary purpose of this research is to look for trends among the cases, create guidelines for administrators to use to determine if their employees have engaged in protected speech, and provide a framework for districts to use when creating their own social media policies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fossey, Richard
Commitee: Roberts, Nathan, Sughrue, Jennifer
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy
Keywords: Free speech, Social media
Publication Number: 10245347
ISBN: 978-0-355-11313-6
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