First Amendment News

Public School Athletes Can Protest During the Pledge of Allegiance

While it may be orthodox to stand before the flag or during the pledge, the First Amendment safeguards students’ freedom to differ and protest peacefully.
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Kentucky Appeals Court Upholds Teacher Abuse Law

The court found that a law prohibiting critical, abusive speech to teachers was not overly broad, ignoring the danger of such a law being applied to someone merely expressing disagreement with a school official.
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High Court to Examine Minnesota Law Banning All Political Speech Near Polls

Does a ban against wearing political buttons into a voting booth violate the First Amendment?
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Podcast: Journalism in the Age of Trump

What’s it like running a newsroom today and covering an administration that’s often hostile towards journalists? Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of POLITICO, gives us the inside scoop.
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Podcast: When the Government Speaks

What do a Confederate flag license plate, a statue of the Ten Commandments, and a student painting depicting cops as pigs all have in common? They’re all examples of government speech.
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School Officials Receive Immunity from Lawsuit of Teacher Disciplined for Social Media Post

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The Court of Appeals of Georgia decided that a superintendent and county board chairperson could not be defendants in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a teacher suspended for making a controversial Facebook post.
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Podcast: Young Censors

Are today’s college students intolerant of free speech? In this episode, we talk to the Brookings Institute’s John Villasenor about the results of his recent survey.
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Federal Judge Invalidates Kentucky Law Barring Sex Offender Access to Social Media

Applying recent Supreme Court precedent, the judge found that the law violated the First Amendment.
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Do Restrictions on Clothing Donation Bins Violate the First Amendment?

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether city laws that target unattended charity drop-off bins violate the First Amendment, resolving a split between the 6th and 9th Circuits.
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No First Amendment Protection for Professor Who Spoke Out Against Cheating Students

A former adjunct community college professor has no First Amendment retaliation claim arising out of his speech about students cheating, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
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