Can a principal forbid a teacher from reading certain curriculum-related texts in class?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yes. Public school teachers have very little academic freedom these days and school boards have considerable leeway in regulating classroom speech. For the most part, lower courts agree that school boards’ interest in regulating the selection of instructional materials and methods of instruction outweighs the teachers’ right to use whatever supplemental materials and methods they may choose.