Pennsylvania schools told to lose speech limits

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Monday, December 9, 2013

School districts in Pennsylvania have been told to remove unconstitutional speech limits after a federal appeals court struck down one district’s policy.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to nearly 300 districts explaining how their policies fall short of the U.S. Constitution according to a ruling earlier this year from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled against two policies used by a district to prevent a fifth-grade student from distributing invitations to a party at her church.

The Barrett Elementary Center relied on policies numbered 220 and 913 to ban the student’s invitations, arguing that First Amendment freedoms for students can be severely limited.

The appeals court, however, found it is “difficult to identify a constitutional justification for cabining the First Amendment protections … to older students.”

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