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Waugh ESD |  BP  5145.2  Students

Freedom Of Speech/Expression: Publications Code   

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Free inquiry and exchange of ideas are essential parts of a democratic education. The Governing Board respects students' rights to express ideas and opinions, take stands, and support causes, whether controversial or not, through their speech, their writing, their clothing, and the printed materials they choose to post or distribute.

Student liberties of expression shall be limited only as allowed by law in order to maintain an orderly school environment and to protect the rights, health and safety of all members of the school community.

Students shall be free to post or distribute handbills, leaflets and other printed material, whether produced within or outside of the school. Students may collect signatures on petitions concerning either school or out-of-school issues.

Because district school have a closed forum, students may not post or distribute materials regarding the meetings of noncurricular student-initiated groups.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

(cf. 6145.5 - Organizations/Associations)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that due process is followed when resolving disputes regarding student freedom of expression.

(cf. 6145.3 - Publications)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48907 Exercise of free expression; rules and regulations

51520 Prohibited solicitations on school premises

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

4071-4074 Equal Access Act

COURT DECISIONS

Harper v. Poway Unified School District, (2005) 445 F.3d 1166

Perumal et al v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, 88 Daily Journal D.A.R. 1426

Policy WAUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Adopted: March 13, 1992 Petaluma, California