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Special Issue "50 Years After Tinker: Protections and Limits of Expression in Schools"
A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2021) | Viewed by 20998
Special Issue Editors
Interests: how law impacts policy for groups who have been historically marginalized in schools
Special Issue Information
We recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines, the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled that “students do not shed their constitutional rights at the school house gate.” K–12 public schools continue to grapple with the scope of students’ First Amendment rights. These controversies related to freedom of expression are not surprising; students are often at the forefront of social change.
As a result, complex questions often arise in courts and classrooms involving K–12 student speech. When examining these complicated legal and policy issues, K–12 public school officials must be careful to give students the ability to become thoughtful and politically active citizens; they must tread lightly on limiting students’ right to free expression. As Justice Brennan observed in Tinker, “[t]he vigilant protection of constitutional freedoms is nowhere more vital than in the community of American schools. The classroom is peculiarly the marketplace of ideas.”
The Tinker decision continues to be applied in many recent court cases. As a result, school officials rely on the decision to create policy related to posts on social media, regulating student attire (e.g., “Build the Wall” t-shirts), student walkouts related to climate change or gun violence, and political discussions in class. The First Amendment also protects teacher expression. Court decisions outline various limitations to teacher speech both inside and outside the classroom. This Special Issue will address K–12 students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights and will also address related constitutional issues concerning students’ rights in schools. While the focus will be on U.S. schools, one piece will address student and teacher speech rights in Brazil.
Dr. Suzanne E. Eckes
Dr. Janet Decker
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- First Amendment
- Constitutional Rights
- Student Rights
- Teacher Rights