Challenging the ‘Bias Response Teams’ at the University of Michigan
In the potpourri of college censorship that poisons free speech on campus, some ingredients have innocuous titles: Free Speech Zones, Safe Spaces, and Bias Response Teams. None of these elements are what they purport to be, nor do they promote free expression. Free Speech Zones limit where and when students can demonstrate or distribute literature. […]
Classes ending soon, but shout downs are not
Policymakers, school leaders, parents, and students should ask: At what point is it too late to intervene when a speaker is being shouted down? Must we wait for violence to break out before they tried to restore order?
University presidents and free speech on campus
According to two new surveys dealing with free speech on college campuses, “free speech is a balancing act.” Presidents and students “overwhelmingly agree that inclusion and free speech are important to a democracy.” This noble-sounding headline seems to bury the lede in both surveys.
Puerto Rico may create more education opportunities
Last week, Puerto Rico lawmakers sent a proposal to Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s desk that would create more learning opportunities for K-12 students, and teacher unions created a storm.
Washington should leave free speech on campus to state lawmakers
It’s early yet for most state legislative sessions, but Wisconsin, Michigan, California, West Virginia, and Nebraska lawmakers, to name a few, are considering proposals to protect free speech on college campuses this year.
New survey on free speech on campus sounds the alarm
In case anyone needed reminding that free speech—that cornerstone of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution –is threatened around the country, especially on college campuses, a new survey provides frightening evidence.
More Work Needs to Be Done to Tell Families about Educational Opportunity
Educational choice has been an especially hot topic this year in Texas and around the country, making the results of the latest poll on K-12 reform of interest to a wider audience than policy wonks.
Childhood’s End in Chicago
Starting with the class of 2020, students will have to provide evidence of college admission, military enlistment, a job offer or evidence of acceptance into a job training program, or “acceptance into a ‘gap year’ program” to receive a high school diploma.
Arizona Wildcats’ Dangerous Experiment Against Free Speech
Bias response teams create a culture of suspicion and cause frivolous investigations, not to mention the interference with free speech on campus.
Free Speech Antidote in California
Multiple incidents have threatened free speech—and student safety—on California’s college campuses this year, so taxpayers and lawmakers should welcome the proposal from Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to protect students and the free expression of ideas.