NAESP Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Regulation of Off-Campus Speech

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a court case about whether schools may discipline students based on their internet speech outside of school. Here's NAESP's statement on the ruling.

Topics: Advocacy and Legislation

“Although we respect the court’s ruling, we are concerned with the precedence it establishes related to the ability for school leaders to appropriately respond to student actions that interfere with learning and the operations of the school. Furthermore, the vagueness of the decision complicates schools’ efforts to regulate off-campus speech given the goal to prevent potential disruption of school activities. However, we are encouraged that the court left open and suggested that educators could take action against some off-campus speech.”

Learn more about the case here.

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