Amidst a global pandemic, a presidential election is on the horizon, which, coupled with a variety of social movements, has created the perfect environment for a number of First Amendment issues to arise in schools. From the political – MAGA and Build Back Better – to social movements, such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the neo-Confederate movement, the magnitude of the societal and political forces at play have increased tensions and spurned protests and activism. The current cultural and political landscape has had a significant impact on communities across our nation this summer. Such issues will inevitably make their way through the schoolhouse gates. Is your school district prepared?
As students and staff look for ways to express their personal beliefs through apparel, masks, signs, and protests, school districts must be ready to address these matters once they cross the threshold into schools. This Legal Update addresses various scenarios that school districts have encountered, or likely will encounter, while providing legal guidance and practical considerations for response.Read More