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Free speech rights for California students
The Monroe Doctrine is your paper. A school newspaper is one of the only, if not the only, school programs that is mentioned in the Constitution. A paper, in this case on online paper, is a place where truth can be published. 


"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”- U.S Constitution 


Free speech rights guaranteed in the State Education Code

Section 48907 of the California Education Code states: “Pupils of the public schools, including charter schools, shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials or petitions, the wearing of buttons, badges, and other insignia, and the right of expression in official publications, whether or not the publications or other means of expression are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, except that expression shall be prohibited which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous. Also prohibited shall be material that so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.”


Exercise your rights through our school newspaper. Student submissions are welcome. Submit articles to monroedoctrinehs@gmail.com

Adviser: Melinda Buterbaugh, Teacher Librarian