Fundamentally, the school board has a right to control what is
published to the school's website, while the teachers association has no such
right. The teachers association may request permission to have information
published or to include a link to a separate website from the board, but the
board has no obligation to provide same.
It would have been wise for the teachers association to
request a link to their own website at some point in the past, when contract
negotiations were not taking place. I suspect it would be a lot harder for
them to gain access now.
South Burlington High School
It's contract negotiations time in Winooski, and the school's website
is caught in the crossfire. As one of the Website's administrators, I'm
now looking at biased talking points from the school board linked on the site's
main page, with an angry teachers' union breathing down my neck requesting equal
time and space on the site. I find this whole thing an extremely
inappropriate use for our site. Have any other districts used their
school's Website for such purposes? It feels like an unprofessional "he
said, she said" sort of thing, but if it's a commonly accepted use for the site,
well, I should smile and nod and keep my mouth shut.
Are other schools' sites used this way during contract negotiations?
Winooski City Schools
Winooski, VT 05404
655 - 3530 x6073
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