High school freedom fighters: FIRE’s essay contest deadline approaching

If you're a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2012, heading to college, and believe in free expression, you should check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's Freedom in Academia essay contest.  You can win up to $5,000 in scholarship money by writing an essay explaining why free speech is important in higher education -- and FIRE has great videos about their work to help you respond.

Indiana School District fights for right to be slumber party police

In T.V. v. Smith-Green Community School District, a pair of students are suing their school after the school removed them from extracurricular activities because the students posted pictures of themselves with penis-shaped lollipops at a slumber party.In a supplemental brief filed with the federal district court on June 10, the school makes arguments totally irreconcilable with precedent or common sense.