Supreme Court Decision On First Amendment Rights: Update K-12 Policies for 2021-22

with
Dr. Jim Castagnera
Live Session
$99.00
  • August 11, 2021, 1:30 pm   EST
Training Includes:
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
  • An on-demand recording will be available after the live presentation.

Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will explain what the Mahanoy decision should mean for your student speech policy. You will learn how to adapt while balancing student rights with school decorum.

What You'll Learn

  • What fundamental common-law rules govern student speech?
  • What grounds did B. L. and her parents use to challenge the disciplinary action?
  • What do the primary, concurring, and dissenting opinions tell you?
  • What factors distinguish off-campus speech from on-campus communications?
  • Can you still constitutionally regulate any student speech?
  • How can you distill a legal student speech policy?
When:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021; 1:30 PM Eastern
Scheduled for 60 minutes including question and answer period.

Training Overview

Breaking Supreme Court Ruling– Free Speech for Students - Learn how the Mahanoy decision should affect your policies.

High school student B. L. posted on Snapchat expressing frustration with the school and the cheerleading squad, containing vulgar language and gestures. School officials suspended her from cheerleading for the upcoming year. After unsuccessfully seeking to reverse that punishment, B. L. and her parents sued in federal court, arguing that the school district violated the First Amendment.

On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the student by a vote of 8-1. Writing for the solid majority, Justice Breyer stated that, although the student’s posts were vulgar, they were made outside of the school’s property and outside of school hours. Since they were non-threatening, the school had no right to punish her.

Mahanoy Area School District has sweeping implications for public school officials and faculty. Despite the Court’s 8-1 majority, concurring opinions raise many subtle details. You need to understand the intricacies and update your policies before the new school year begins.

  • What fundamental common-law rules govern student speech?
  • What grounds did B. L. and her parents use to challenge the disciplinary action?
  • What do the primary, concurring, and dissenting opinions tell you?
  • What factors distinguish off-campus speech from on-campus communications?
  • Can you still constitutionally regulate any student speech?
  • How can you distill a legal student speech policy?

Who Should Attend?

  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Directors of curriculum and instruction
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Human resources professionals
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals
  • Public relations personnel
  • Teachers
  • Legal counsel

Expert Presenter

Dr. Jim Castagnera

  • Member and the Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
  • Member of Portum Group International LLC, a cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia
  • Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University
  • 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • 23 years as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University
  • Holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University
  • J.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University

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