Supreme Court’s Free Speech Decision: What Schools Must Know

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Educational law expert Rick Verstegen will distill the critical points from the Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist. Decision. You will learn how to adapt to comply.

What You'll Learn

  • How does the decision affect employee speech in schools?
  • How will this decision impact religious practices by employees?
  • What actions can schools take to address religious actions by employees?
  • How should you update policies?
  • What tests can help determine the appropriateness of speech?
  • How can schools avoid Establishment Clause violations while allowing speech?

Training Overview

The Supreme Court ruled that some employee religious speech is allowed in schools. Learn how to update your policies and practices.

On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former high school football coach in western Washington who lost his job after kneeling to pray on the 50-yard line after games. They held that individual prayers by a school employee differ from the prohibited teaching of religion to students. The decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist. has implications for schools nationwide and needs your immediate attention.

As the new school year begins, you need to understand what speech is allowed in educational environments and discover its most recent interpretation. Policies and practices must ensure that employees engaging in personal religious observances are free from reprisal.

  • How does the decision affect employee speech in schools?
  • How will this decision impact religious practices by employees?
  • What actions can schools take to address religious actions by employees?
  • How should you update policies?
  • What tests can help determine the appropriateness of speech?
  • How can schools avoid Establishment Clause violations while allowing speech?

Who Should Attend?

  • Superintendents
  • Deputy, associate, and assistant superintendents
  • Chief business and operations officers
  • Chief financial officers
  • Diversity and equity officers
  • Personnel and human resources directors
  • Public relations personnel
  • Title IX coordinators
  • Teachers
  • Board members
  • Legal counsel
  • Principals
  • Vice principals and assistant principals

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen

  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School

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