The impact of knowledge of judicial activity in the first amendment area upon the personnel decisions of high school principals



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The extent of first amendment protection afforded public school teachers' actual or symbolic speech depends not only upon pronouncements of the courts, but upon the interpretation and acceptance of pronouncements by teachers' immediate supervisors. In view of increasing litigation in the first amendment area, this study was needed to determine the impact that knowledge of legal issues has on the personnel decisions which principals make. The two purposes of the study were: (1) to perform a thorough search of legal literature to determine the degree of first amendment protection that currently exists for teachers, and (2) to investigate the impact that knowledge of first amendment decisions has upon the personnel decisions made by high school principals. [...]



High school principals, Decision making, Constitutional law