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Urged by ACLU, Clark County schools ease web restrictions

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Updated: 2/17/2013 3:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Clark County School District has relaxed certain website restrictions facing students.

Under the policy change, school computers will no longer block students from informational websites on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the ACLU first approached the school district about the issue in April and received word of the change Monday.

ACLU spokeswoman Staci Pratt says the First Amendment forbids school districts from selectively censoring websites based on particular viewpoints, and her organization will start reviewing policies in other school districts in the state.

School district spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson says officials "considered input" from the ACLU when updating its filtering software.

The ACLU's request was part of its nationwide Don't Filter Me campaign.

AP-WF-02-17-13 0217GMT

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