Teacher Rights

Teachers enjoy rights in a variety of areas: freedom of speech, privacy, due process, and discrimination. This discussion of those rights involves primarily federal law. Even so, it is worth noting that there are state-level counterparts to nearly all of the principles covered, including freedom of speech and academic freedom, privacy, due process, and employment law.

Free Speech and Academic Freedom

A discussion of the expression rights of teachers involves the balance between the rights and responsibilities of public school employees and the institutions themselves. This balance is best met through an analysis of the capacities the speakers have taken to express their views. At one end of the balance, one must ask whether teachers are speaking as citizens, as employees, or as educators teaching in classrooms. ...

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