Settlement Protecting the Free Speech Rights of Public School Teachers

Achieved a sweeping settlement protecting the free speech rights of public school teachers and requiring a local school district to provide comprehensive training to protect students and staff from discrimination based on sexual orientation and other factors.

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  • Teacher Awarded $1 Million Laura Kiritsy, Bay Windows, September 12, 2002. In a decision sure to serve as a warning to school districts everywhere, a California high school teacher who was disciplined for discussing homophobia and racism with his Honors English class was awarded more than $1 million after reaching a settlement with his school district.
  • School "Gag Order" Ruled Unconstitutional Jason Bono, The Daily Review, August 9, 2002. A court has ruled unconstitutional a requirement that teachers in the San Leandro school district seek permission to discuss controversial topics outside the curriculum with students.

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