Portage schools debate teachers friending students on Facebook

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A northwestern Indiana school district is debating whether teachers should be allowed to "friend" students on Facebook.

Portage Township School Board members and school officials have taken up the topic after board member Jessica Bailey recently presented proposed changes to a policy that would allow teachers to establish classroom Facebook pages with administrative permission.

Unlike personal Facebook pages, Bailey explained, there would be no accepting or denying "friends," only the ability for students or parents to "like" a page. The pages would be used for communication between teachers, students and parents.

The Times reports Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia expressed concern at the proposal. He said the district should take "a strong position" against teachers "friending" students on personal Facebook pages.

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