Racial Equity & Student Expression in Schools

Schools in California and across the country continue to limit student expression and the punishments for speaking up are often applied discriminately. Particularly concerning are incidents of schools restricting the speech of Black students who express support for Black lives and the Black Lives Matter movement. The good news is that the U.S. and California Constitutions and the California Education Code protect student speech. Remember, as a student, you have the right to use your voice, to express pride in your identity and your culture, and to stand up for what you believe in – and if your school tries to censor you, you have the power to respond. We hope this resource will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to successfully challenge violations of your free speech rights, on and off-campus.