BP 5145.2 Freedom of Speech/Expression

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 5145.2


Free inquiry and exchange of ideas are essential parts of a democratic education. The School Board respects students' rights to express ideas and opinions, take stands, and support causes, whether controversial or not, through their speech, their writing, and the printed materials they choose to post or distribute.

Student liberties of expression shall be limited only as allowed by law in order to maintain an orderly school environment and to protect the rights, health and safety of members of the school community.

( cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion )
( cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access )

Student free speech extends to religious expression. It is the policy of the Board not to prevent, or otherwise deny participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in District schools, consistent with guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education and applicable judicial decisions interpreting the religion clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This policy supersedes any other Board policy that is inconsistent with it.

The Superintendent shall develop due process procedures for resolving disputes regarding student freedom of expression.

( cf. 6145.3 - Publications )

Legal Reference:

4 AAC 07.10 - 4 AAC 07.900 Student rights and responsibilities

Breese v. Smith, 501 P.2d 159 (Alaska1972)

HazelwoodSchool Districtv. Kuhlmier , 484U.S.260 (1988)

Tinker v.Des Moines, 393U.S.503 (1969)

BethelSchool Districtv.Fraser , 478U.S.675 (1986)

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 9524, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110)


Adoption Date: 10/18/04