Five School Districts in Genesee County Restrict Speech for Board Members

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Five School Districts in Genesee County Restrict Speech for Board Members

The Batavian, 5.14.18

David Bloomfield, professor of education law at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, whom we contacted with the help the Education Law Association, said he knew of no law or case law that prohibited school board members from answering the questions of reporters, or any other member of the public, or otherwise publicly sharing their own personal views on matters of public interest related to his or her school district. “That’s protected First Amendment speech," Bloomfield said. “Individual board members cannot be prohibited from expressing their opinions publicly on district policies. They are not required to express their opinions but they may express their opinions as a First Amendment matter."

Submitted on: MAY 14, 2018

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