There’s an unfortunate reality that a lot of the political drama we see in the news plays itself out in schools where children and young adults are meant to get an education. Restrictive speech policies have been used against college students across the nation, and state departments of education are allowing high-school students to choose their own gender without parental involvement. You can read more about this in news from the Alliance Alert Team.
ADF in the News
When ADF client Chike Uzuegbunam had his free speech rights violated by Georgia Gwinnett College, the college changed its policy and escaped liability when a federal court ruled the case moot. But this creates a dangerous precedent that allows colleges to change policies in order to avoid punishment, while maintaining the flexibility to revert back to the old rules at a later time.
A college student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was handing out Christian-themed valentines with messages like "Jesus loves you!" and "God is love." The college sent the campus police after her, saying she was "disturbing the learning environment." She is suing the college for violating her free speech rights.
Marriage and the Family
The New Jersey Department of Education recently said that all students are authorized to access the restroom of their choice, regardless of biology, and they must be called by their preferred name and pronouns. Nor are schools required to get parental permission before students can decide which bathroom they want to use.
Sanctity of Life
A Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their abortion facility was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Those opposed to the law argued that this created an unnecessary burden, but the Court of Appeals sided with advocates who said that this law keeps women safe in case of a medical emergency.