Education; school-based access to information infrastructure. Establishes requirements for public elementary and secondary schools providing student access to the Internet and other aspects of the electronic information infrastructure. The bill requires such schools to employ computer hardware or software inhibiting access to materials harmful to juveniles, obscene materials, child pornography and other materials inconsistent with public schools' educational mission.
Where information infrastructure access is provided to students in grades K through 8, the schools must obtain hardware or software limiting such students' information infrastructure access, to the extent technically feasible, to preselected uniform resource locators, or URLs, newsgroups, or files within newsgroups determined to be consistent with public schools' educational mission, and which do not contain materials harmful to minors, obscene materials, or child pornography.
The bill also stipulates that no student may access information infrastructure services via any school's computer system unless the student's parent or guardian has furnished prior, written authorization for such access. Schools are permitted by the bill to condition students' use of such services upon first obtaining written liability releases from students' parents or guardians.
The bill also directs the State Board of Education to develop and distribute, on or before September 1, 1998, written guidelines for school-sponsored student access to information infrastructure services. All public schools are required to be in compliance with the provisions of this bill on and after November 1, 1998.Full text:
01/26/98 House: Presented & ordered printed 980490324 pdf
01/26/98 House: Presented & ordered printed 980490324
01/26/98 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/14/98 House: Continued to 1999 in S.T. (10-Y 6-N)