Teachers have the same First Amendment rights as anyone else — so long as they are not speaking as representatives of the school or in a school setting. But if they’re within school walls, or even just acting as an employee of the school, their speech can be – and often is – limited.
Author: Emily Gerston
For most student journalists, covering the news in Englishis challenging enough. But at a handful of schools across the country, studentsare leaping beyond expectations by publishing all or part of their publicationsin multiple languages.
Spring of discontent
College newspapers rely on advisers for guidance and support, but sometimes those advisers are in need of advice themselves. As university employees charged with ensuring students produce the highest quality work, advisers are often caught between a rock and a hard place when the threat of a sensitive story pushes them to choose sides. With a rash of adviser firings and “removals” sweeping through colleges around the country, advisers are treading carefully.
Taking it off campus
Students published what they believed to be protected speech from an off-campus location. Every time, the students were punished by their school’s administration, arguing that the students’ speech substantially interfered with the educational process. A central issue in each case: Whether the Supreme Court’s 1969 Tinker ruling, which permitted schools to punish on-campus speech if it crosses the line of causing “substantial” disruption, can be applied to off-campus speech as well.
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Federal court says Nev. student’s instant messages no laughing matter
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Court: Student's instant message a 'true threat,' disruptive
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Appeals court backs school punishment for W.Va. student's MySpace group
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Parents drop discrimination lawsuit with student newspaper connection
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