Teacher free speech and expression in a digital age: A legal analysis

Justin M. Bathon, Kevin P. Brady

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In this technological age, the definition of private, public, and protected speech and expression for today's school employees is largely misunderstood and unclear. This article addresses the current legal standards as well as some recent case law involving teacher speech and expression and its major implications for addressing teacher online speech. Finally, this article recommends some best practices for school leaders detailing the appropriate regulation of teacher online speech in the face of these multiple pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-226
Number of pages14
JournalNASSP Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • electronic media
  • First Amendment
  • free speech
  • Internet
  • teacher speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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