Posts Tagged ‘ Tinker ’

GA Judge Holds Up Student’s Right to Be Heard

May 8, 2019
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GA Judge Holds Up Student’s Right to Be Heard

The First Amendment rights of students continue to be a topic of litigation fifty years after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (you can read about Tinker and subsequent cases here). April 2019, in K.B. v. DeKalb County School Dist., a federal district court in Georgia allowed a high school student’s lawsuit claiming violation of…

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CA Teacher Stands Up for Students Despite Threat of Dismissal

May 1, 2019
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CA Teacher Stands Up for Students Despite Threat of Dismissal

After almost three decades of helping students put together the high school newspaper, a CA teacher is facing possible termination for standing up for her students’ First Amendment rights. It all began in April, when Kathi Duffel received a letter from the school district superintendent saying that the administration had become aware that the Bruin…

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50 Years After Tinker, Erosion is Evident

March 1, 2019
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50 Years After Tinker, Erosion is Evident

In recent months, free speech within schools has come to the forefront as districts abandoned their own policies for reviewing educational materials; efforts to ban books have increased; and, in one instance, a student was arrested after refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance in class. February marked the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker…

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CBLDF Speaks Out Against Harsh and Discriminatory Punishment of 6th Grader

February 20, 2019
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CBLDF Speaks Out Against Harsh and Discriminatory Punishment of 6th Grader

A sixth-grade student was arrested in Florida after refusing to participate in the pledge of allegiance. The substitute teacher attempted to insist on his participation but the student still abstained, explaining his views that the flag represents racism in America. The substitute told him if he didn’t like it, maybe he should find somewhere else…

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Support Students’ First Amendment Rights

February 8, 2019
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Support Students’ First Amendment Rights

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC), the Freedom Forum Institute, and the Newseum in Washington, DC, have banded together to declare that 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Tinker decision, the Year of the Student Journalist. With a year of activities planned, and toolkits available for those interested in participating, the goal, in…

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VA Rejects Bill Protecting Students’ First Amendment Rights

January 29, 2019
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VA Rejects Bill Protecting Students’ First Amendment Rights

The Virginia legislature rejected HB 2382, a bill protecting the First Amendment rights of student journalists, on Monday after the House Education Subcommittee produced a tie vote. The bill was written to return K – 12 and public colleges and universities to the Tinker standard of free speech, eliminating the ability for administrators to censor…

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Vermont Students Stand Up for Their First Amendment Rights!

November 13, 2018
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Vermont Students Stand Up for Their First Amendment Rights!

Burlington High School students had the opportunity to sit down recently with administration and discuss developing new guidelines to preempt censoring student journalists in the future. This meeting came after the school newspaper, BHS Register, was censored in September for breaking a negative story about a staff member, despite recent laws in Vermont designed to prevent…

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