Murphy, Kane want student access to more websites

- FILE - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican state Sen. Rob Kane are joining forces to urge Connecticut schools to allow students greater access to political websites.

Both said Monday there is no justification for restricting high school students from accessing such websites for research, including those addressing hot political topics such as abortion and gun ownership rights.

Murphy recently sent a letter to the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education asking its members to provide students with greater access.

The politicians teamed up after learning about a Woodbury student who recently raised questions about why his high school’s Internet firewall blocked him from accessing politically conservative websites.

In a written statement, Region School District 14 acknowledged it was wrong to block “appropriate websites, regardless of political or religious viewpoints.”

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