Students in classrooms, libraries, and cyber cafes from Maine to Malaysia couldn't wait to download Kenneth Starr's report to the U.S. House of Representatives the moment it went up on the internet on Sept. 11.

Teachers and librarians reported outbreaks of giggles and guffaws wherever adolescents could pore over the unsavory document. But for school leaders from coast to coast, the Starr Report was nothing to titter about.

Its release by lawmakers in Washington galvanized debate in school systems nationwide about the finer points of internet-content management and...

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