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Question | Student Expression

The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment protects your expression. But, the First Amendment also has an Establishment Clause, which bars any government actor, like your public school, from promoting an establishment of religion. In general, schools have wide authority to shut down speech solely because it is religious. Whether they can shut down speech under the Establishment Clause or if it is protected under the Free Speech Clause depends on two questions: (1) whether the students hearing the message are a “captive audience,” and (2) whether the student’s statement constitutes religious speech.

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Question | Copyright & Fair Use

No, even if it’s only 30 seconds, its still likely to infringe Beyoncé’s copyright.

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Quiz | Student Expression

Think you know the First Amendment? Test your skills with this quiz

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Quiz | Student Expression

How do you express yourself? Can the school punish you for it? Test your knowledge!

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Do you have questions about student speech and press rights? We have answers.