Free-speech rights upheld in modern-day Tinker

Just months after a lone United States Supreme Court Justice said he thought "the Constitution does not afford students a right to free speech in public schools," a federal district judge upheld three students' rights in a modern-day Tinker case, affirming once again that students can wear black armbands as a silent protest and do not lose their First Amendment rights at school.

Free-speech suit continues over policies enacted as settlement in prior case

A school district might have "chilled" student speech in its efforts to comply with a prior settlement reached with theACLU by requiring students to participate in anti-harassment training andimplementing a policy that forbade language that insults or stigmatizes anindividual's sexual orientation, a federal appeals court ruled Oct.26.

'Advisory board' formed after Ga. student paper runs 'Modest Proposal'-style satire

An "editorial advisory board" will overseepublication of East Coweta High School's student newspaper in response to theSeptember issue, which contained several "negative" articles -- including a columncriticizing a school beauty pageant and a satire suggesting that low-performing fifth-graders be executed -- the principal announced Tuesday.