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Volume III, Number 2, February, 2005

Filtering the Opposition
While Leaving the Ed Department Unfettered

Selectively blocking the reading of some points of view while leaving government advocacy sites unfettered is at odds with American traditions of open access to opposing points of view. For a government agency like a school board or their administrators to purchase and apply a program that applies such filtering in an unfair and biased manner is a gross violation of teachers' rights under the U.S. Constitution.

For a lengthy review of these legal issues, read the articles at http://fno.org/feb2005/covfeb.html.

By Jamie McKenzie
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© 2005, Jamie McKenzie, all rights reserved

In some school districts, teachers may be blocked from reading this article and this site by filtering programs set to block political advocacy sites.

They were blocked February 1 by SonicWall in some distrticts.

SonicWall has turned down our request to stop blocking access and laid the responsibility on the school districts.

SonicWall does not block the Ed Department's blatant political advocacy of NCLB.

They have effectively taken sides with the government position by leaving it unfettered and unflltered.



Visiting Philadelphia and the Constitution Hall complex, the editor has a chance to view rooms where the Bill of Rights was given birth and signed.

Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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