Have you heard about this story? Central Bucks East High School English teacher, Natalie Munroe, in suburban Philadelphia and is currently suspended for her blog which complained about her students.
According to the Boston.com article, the teacher "did not use her full name or identify her students or school in the blog, which she started in August 2009 for friends and family." Technically, she didn’t violate FERPA.
The general concern comes from how districts monitor and enforce online behavior, especially in light of districts encouraging educators to have more contact with students.
The article quotes Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, as saying, "This is really murky stuff. When you have a teacher using their blog to berate their students, maybe that's a little less murky. But the larger issue is, I think, districts are totally unprepared to deal with this."
What do you think? Do you think she should have been suspended? How would you write the district policy regarding teacher’s personal blogs?