Does Freedom of Speech Still Exist in Public Schools in Connecticut?

The United States Constitution states that every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects.  No law shall ever be passed to restrain the liberty of speech.  Courts have repeatedly held that in state-operated schools, students are still “persons” under the Constitution, and still possess fundamental rights which the state must respect.  Without a constitutionally valid reason to regulate speech, students are entitled to freedom of expression of their views.  These days there is the possibility of a wide range of issues regarding freedom of speech in the public school system.  These issues might include a student’s off-campus internet activity, or even simply the language on a student’s printed t-shirt.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.