Monday, March 27, 2006

Hoosier Judge Says Teachers Have No 1st Amendment Rights

A Bloomington, IN judge, in a ruling on whether or not to a teacher's contract (sounds like a stong union state there) says teachers have no first amendment rights. Here's her quote:

“teachers, including Ms. Mayer, do not have a right under the First Amendment to express their opinions with their students during the instructional period.” She went on to say “school officials are free to adopt regulations prohibiting classroom discussion of the war,” and that “the fact that Ms. Mayer’s January 10, 2003, comments were made prior to any prohibitions by school officials does not establish that she had a First Amendment right to make those comments in the first place.” The judge also implied that Mayer, by making her comments, was attempting to “arrogate control of the curricula.”


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