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Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech

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Guests will discuss ways educators are navigating student free speech issues and addressing controversial topics—within the confines of legislative efforts to limit the discussion of gender and race in schools.

In our current environment of partisan polarization, educators often struggle to balance allowing students to address important (but controversial) issues in the classroom with the reality that such discussions can lead to political or legal consequences for teachers.

Yet in the eighth edition of the Knight Foundation’s Future of the First Amendment project, the 10,098 high school students and 672 teachers surveyed overwhelmingly express support for free expression, even when the opinions conveyed are unpopular or offensive.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their own experiences in districts and schools.

Speakers
Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D.
Director of Free Expression and Education, PEN America
Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools Alexandria City Public Schools
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., is the Superintendent of Schools at Alexandria City Public Schools. An experienced educator and administrator, Dr. Hutchings has served as a teacher and in leadership roles. Under his leadership, he collaborated with community stakeholders, administrators, and teachers to close the achievement gap and ensure that students of all backgrounds had access to the resources, tools, and opportunities needed to succeed. Dr. Hutchings was also selected for the National Superintendent of the Year Award by the National Alliance of Black School Educators and named Tennessee Middle School Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools

Eugene Volokh
Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA
Ashley Zohn
Vice President of Learning & Impact, Knight Foundation
Moderators
Holly Kurtz
Director EdWeek Research Center
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