Student Free Speech in K12 Schools

Join education law expert Rick Verstegen to discuss the important and essential legal aspects of student speech, including issues related to student dress, social media, and other forms of speech by students.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to address conduct that may be bullying or harassing in nature in light of the First Amendment 
  • How to address speech that occurs off-campus, including speech that occurs over social media 
  • Other forms of speech, such as taking a knee during certain school-sponsored events 
  • How to develop rules for student dress that do not violate student First Amendment issues 
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Tuesday, October 1, 2024; 1:00 PM Eastern

Session scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period.

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Social Media & Student Voice: Finding the Right Balance

Feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of student free speech in the digital age?


It is well-established that students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate.


The First Amendment protects students’ rights to express their religious, social, and political opinions in public school, orally, in writing, through their dress, or using other expressive conduct intended to convey a particular message. However, First Amendment rights are not absolute.


School officials must often balance student free speech rights against competing concerns, including the need to provide a safe and productive educational environment for all students. The ability of students to express themselves through a variety of electronic means, including tweets, blogs, and online social networks, has proliferated, and created new challenges for school administrators.


Register today to face this new, and ever-changing legal landscape!

  • How to address conduct that may be bullying or harassing in nature in light of the First Amendment
  • How to address speech that occurs off-campus, including speech that occurs over social media
  • Other forms of speech, such as taking a knee during certain school-sponsored events
  • How to develop rules for student dress that do not violate student First Amendment issues
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • District administrators 
  • Principals 
  • Assistant/Vice Principals 
  • Superintendents 
  • Human resources directors 
  • Student services directors 
  • Other K-12 administrators 
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School

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