Colorado Springs, CO asked in Education Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Colorado

Q: can you share your political views in your classroom if you're a teacher in colorado

I have a political sign in my classroom and want to know if they can make me take it down.

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Michael Joseph Larranaga
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  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Aw, the question of does the 1st amendment apply in a classroom. The answer is that it depends. Private schools have no obligation to allow free speech. The 1st amendment only applies to government actors. Now some schools will permit such speech because it is good for the learning environment.

Now, if you teach at a public school then it becomes a much more complicated question. Sorry, you would need to discuss your situation with an attorney. You need to consider how the school will react; how your students will react; if your speech is detrimental to your job; the type of speech, and so on.

Typically fighting words, profanity, and certain types of speech while speech may not be permitted in certain environments. It makes sense. If I walk into a courthouse yelling about my political beliefs, it does not matter if the topic is political because I am interrupting the court. Hence, time, place, and manner restrictions.

Unfortunately, if you are really concerned you need to talk to an attorney to try to flush out how far you can push a subject. Welcome to Amercia 2024.

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