Teachers do not have First Amendment right to determine content of high school curriculum
This week, the Sixth Circuit ruled that a public school teacher does not have the First Amendment "freedom of speech" right to decide what content she will use in her high school classroom. The case is Shelley Evans-Marshall v. Board of Education. Ms. Evans-Marshall was censored for allowing students to use books such as Herman Hesse's Siddartha to study and discuss government censorship. She allowed students to select books from the American Library Association's "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books" as a basis for discussion. Parents objected and the School Board repudiated her approach.