Supreme Court justices’ papers give some hints about how Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier came to be

Education Week's Mark Walsh, a veteran Supreme Court reporter who deeply understands education law, is just out with a fascinating look behind the scenes at how the high court arrived at the First Amendment legal standard that governs much of the speech taking place in schools (and, increasingly, in colleges).The entire piece is well worth reading, but it's particularly enlightening for the nuggets Walsh was able to unearth from the papers of Justices Byron White, author of the majority opinion in Hazelwood School District v.

Hazelwood turns 25: Five simple ways you can make sure it never turns 50

A movie of trained fighting dogs ripping each other to pieces.Ten million dollars from an undisclosed source dumped into a special-interest ad campaign to sway the outcome of an election.A padded resumé falsely claiming credit for military heroism.A video game in which players tear the limbs off their opponents, then beat them to death with the blood-soaked stumps."Thank God for Dead Soldiers" hate-speech signs waved outside of a military funeral.A newspaper editorial advocating the defeat of a school board candidate who supports banning books.The Supreme Court thinks one of these is unprotected by the First Amendment.If you guessed it was the editorial, then you are likely either (a) a federal judge or (b) a victim of Hazelwood justice.This coming Sunday marks 25 years since the Supreme Court confined America's young people to a constitutional underclass in Hazelwood School District v.