The Government Speech Doctrine and Speech in Schools

76 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2013

Date Written: August 1, 2013


According to the Supreme Court, when the government sets forth its own message, it may constitutionally quash private speakers’ attempts to alter that message. The implications of this doctrine are potentially quite far-reaching, thus this Article explores what those implications could be — and should be — in the context of public schools. After all, the government speaks a lot in schools, and the free speech rules in schools are different from the default rules in ways that already favor the government.

Keywords: school speech, speech, first amendment, constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Bowman, Kristine L., The Government Speech Doctrine and Speech in Schools (August 1, 2013). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 48, 2013, MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-14, Available at SSRN:

Kristine L. Bowman (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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