ACLU: Fort Worth’s Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD agrees to stop filtering LGBT web content

Posted on 04 May 2011 at 10:23am

We’ve told you repeatedly (here, here and here) about the ACLU’s recent efforts to get districts in Texas to stop illegally filtering online LGBT content on school computers. This week, the ACLU of Texas reported that two districts have complied with its requests: Baytown’s Goose Creek ISD and Fort Worth’s Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

According to the ACLU, Goose Creek was using web filtering software that blocked sites of “Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual Interest,” and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw was using one that blocked “education.lifestyles.”

Both districts have agreed to remove the filters, and the ACLU says it is investigating several other districts in Texas β€” but apparently not DISD.

“No student should be denied access to legitimate information, and Goose Creek and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school officials should be commended for doing the right thing and taking prompt action to restore that access,” Lisa Graybill, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, said in a press release. β€œAll schools should ensure that their web filters are configured to provide students with viewpoint-neutral access to the Internet.”

The above video explains how to test whether your school is illegally filtering content, and you can fill out a complaint form by going here.

 

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