The bill was sent to Governor Nixon on May 26. He told the News-Leader he hadn't read it yet. (And what with flooding in one part of the state and the ongoing crisis in Joplin, it's kind of hard to blame him on that one.)
Incidentally, the bill's primary sponsor was state Senator Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield -- who, while declaring her love for the children in this instance, hasn't been nearly so interested in their welfare in the past.
Earlier this year, Cunningham drew near-universal scorn (and national headlines) for introducing a bizarre bill that would allow child labor in Missouri.
As Daily RFT's Chad Garrison reported at the time, the bill would remove restrictions on children under fourteen joining the workforce. Garrison writes, "They'd also be able to work all hours of the day, no longer need a work permit from their school and be able to work at motels and resorts so long as they're given a place to lay their weary heads each night. Moreover, businesses that employ children would no longer be subject to inspections from the Division of Labor Standards."
Yep, this lady is definitely into protecting children. Thank God she's here to save the pupils of Missouri from schoolteachers -- certainly, the plutocrats and corporate mavens of this state are much more likely to have the kiddos' best interests at heart than their own teachers.
What a joke.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Joplin teachers urge Nixon to veto Jane Cunningham's Facebook bill
to focus attention on Sen. Jane Cunningham's Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which includes as one of its provisions a prohibition against teachers and students communicating through Facebook: