Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a police chief’s warrantless search of text messages sent by one of his police officer employees on a department-issued pager did not violate the employee’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches. This case does not give school districts carte blanche to search employees’ electronic devices, even if they are issued by the district. However, it provides some helpful guidance to school districts who are concerned about addressing inappropriate use of technology by employees without violating their constitutional rights.
The State of Missouri issued new state regulations that clarify school district obligations to ensure that contractors do not use unauthorized alien workers on projects for the district. The new regulations require school districts and other political subdivisions to obtain an affidavit from bidders responding to requests for proposals for the award of any contract for services or grant in excess of five thousand dollars.