Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Blogs blocked in Alabama!

(update, Sept 7, 2006: as it turns out, blogs are not blocked in Alabama, see the comment from Sheryl on this post)

From Miguel Guhlin, via podcast with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach For those who think DOPA will never pass, for those who think their blogs on edublogs.org are safe, for anybody who believes passionately in the opportunities web 2.0 offer your kids, please listen:

Blog Banning

The noose is tightening, and it is not just in Seattle.


MrsC said...

Do you think it would help if I printed out the thousands of comments my blogs got last year from my students and others and just mailed it all to the Board of Education? Maybe that would be a wake up call. The sad thing is that I sent a lengthy anti-DOPA letter to Senator Richard Shelby and got a letter back saying he would "consider my concerns" when voting. Sounds like crap to me.
-Disgruntled Alabama Teacher Blogger

Anonymous said...


Cathy Gassenheimer, of the Alabama Best Practices Center had a chance to speak directly with one of the Assistant Superintendents of Education who immediately checked into this issue. He assured her that the network administrators at the department were not aware of any SDE issued mandate blocking all BLOGS. They stated that the determination as what to filter was decided by the local school system. And that the Alabama Super Computer Authority would be asked to open up the appropriate BLOG sights to support the 21st Century learning effort.

So now we are not certain who said what to whom to get that information circulating to the schools. Bottom line we have now been assured that it indeed is false and that the DoE in Alabama will continue to support educational blogging in schools that feel it is important to student learning.

Whew! Glad we dodged that bullet!

Miguel Guhlin (@mGuhlin) said...

Mark, thought you might want to read this...

Take care,

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