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The First Amendment in Schools

Education and Empowerment
Links to organizations that educate students on their First Amendment    rights to freedom of speech/expression, press and religion. Also includes links to    programs that seek to help students take action to achieve these rights.

Important Court Cases on Students' Expressive Freedom
This list includes some of the most influential student rights court cases, such as Hazelwood and Tinker v. Des Moines. It presents the decisions of these and other cases, along with discussions and ramifications. Also included are selected media ethics cases and tips on avoiding censorship.

Student Association for Free Expression (SAFE)
This MIT student group "works to prevent curbs on freedom of speech and other forms of freedom of expression, especially by [MIT] and by the government."

Student Press Law Center
The SPLC is THE resource for students seeking press freedom at their schools. It provides quick answers to media law questions, free legal help, opportunities for internships, and dozens of educational resources on student press law and freedoms.

Illinois Chapter of the ACLU
The ACLU of Illinois is a great source of information on all First Amendment rights, and how to defend them. The Illinois    ACLU also sponsors the High School Civil Liberties Education Project, which was created to educate students in the Chicago area on their civil rights. For further assistance, e-mail the program director at students@aclu-il.org.

Ten Commonly Asked Questions on Student Rights
Get succinct answers to questions about student privacy, prayer and religion in school, expression rules, dress codes, and much more.

The Latest News
Links to web sites that regularly post news and court rulings on the First Amendment rights of high school and college students.

American Association of University Professors
Click here for links to web sites that regularly post news and court rulings on the First Amendment rights of high school and college students.