House Leader Cafero Questions CT’s Public School Firewall Policy

Comments come after Nonnewaug High School student reportedly couldn’t access conservative websites.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Patch reported last week that Andrew Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT, reported he was not able to access conservative or right-leaning websites on his school’s computer system.

Now the issue has gone state-wide, with Lawrence F. Cafero, House Republican Leader, voicing his concern over the state’s policy on public school students’ access to information online.

“It appears that there is not a consistent policy in these matters and I believe a clearer explanation is warranted,” Cafero wrote in an open letter to Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of Education.  

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Lambert reported being unable to access the websites of Second Amendment groups, anti-abortion and traditional marriage organizations and the Connecticut Republican Party. He said he had no difficulty accessing the Connecticut Democratic Party website or pro-abortion sites.

In a statement released following Lambert’s formal complaint, the Superintendent of the School District, Jody Ian Goeler, said the internet filter “satisfies requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act.”

“The district is trying to determine the reason for the inconsistency and if the bias is pervasive enough to justify switching to another content filtering provider. The district does not block individual sites, only categories of websites,” continued Goeler.

It seems this did not satisfy Cafero, though. “It was not clear from the various reports how the determination to block certain sites and allow access to others was made,” he said in the open letter.

“If necessary, the legislature must be prepared to act if it appears there is a public policy that needs to be addressed,” Cafero wrote in the final draft of the letter.

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MAC June 26, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Here is some of what Ltr would have us ignore:..."Pro-life groups like the National Right to Life were blocked, but not Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America. Even Christianity.com and the Vatican’s homepage fell on the wrong side of the digital barrier, though islam-guide.org and al-islam.org...went unscathed. Each of the blocked sites was struck down by the schools SonicWall filter which labeled them as impermissible 'Political/Advocacy Groups' sites."----------------------------------- "In a letter to the Woodbury Board of Education, Lampart said that he approached local superintendent Jody Goeler, who told him that some political sites needed to be blocked to prevent “hate speech” from seeping into the school."------------------------ Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/18/conn-school-censors-vatican-clears-planned-parenthood/#ixzz35lytZfHm
Sophia Smith July 15, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Can we discuss how the article clearly states that it is not the school setting the limitations?
MAC July 15, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Sophia, typical Leftist, in the style of BJ Clinton, is trying to argue what the meaning of the word "is" is! The school district, using the TAXPAYERS' $$$, is paying for a service that "sets the limitations."---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thus they are ACCOUNTABLE for the results, which is Biased Discrimination and "Limitations" on the Information Sources available to students for their research!! For this they are guilty and accountable to the parents and TAXPAYERS!!
MAC July 15, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Sophia, your arguments and excuses hold as much water as those of the despicable Lois Lerner, IRS Commis. Koskinen, and Hillary with her shouted "What difference does it make, at this point....?"


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