Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Sharp Dissent Over a School’s Curb on American Flag Shirts [School Law Blog / 1st Amend. Coalition / SF Chron, 9/18/14]: A full federal appeals court declines to rehear a case brought by California students barred from wearing American flag apparel during Cinco de Mayo.
Read the Dariano decision from February:
Read the “ordered and amended opinion” released on 9/17/14:
Judge O’Scannlain, in his dissent: “It is this bedrock principle -- known as the heckler's veto doctrine -- that the panel overlooks, condoning the suppression of free speech by some students because other students might have reacted violently.

Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues [EdSource, 9/16/14]: A victory by the plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al. would revoke automatic deductions for union dues, which could sap the revenues of the CTA and all public employee unions and lead to a sharp decline in membership.

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