Category: First Amendment

Board Operating Procedures Did Not Restrict Speech

A judge recently issued an important ruling in a citizen’s 2021 lawsuit against a Texas school district regarding board policies and operating procedures addressing the parameters of public comment during school board meetings. In August 2021, a citizen addressed a district’s board of trustees during the public comment portion of the open meeting. While offering […]

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Schools May Regulate Off-Campus Student Speech, But Tread Cautiously

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its long-awaited decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., ruling that a school district violated a cheerleader’s First Amendment rights when it suspended her from the cheer team because of her off-campus social-media posts.  However, in doing so, the Court explained that its ruling was narrowly limited to […]

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House Bill 3 Strengthens School Safety and Security

House Bill 3 brings major changes to school safety, specifically requiring districts to strengthen active shooter policies and safety plans. Effective September 1, 2023, it is imperative that districts begin to review the new requirements of HB 3 to ensure policies and procedures are compliant in time for the upcoming school year. Security Officers/Facility Safety […]

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