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Dawling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses recent Kentucky case of "Boyd County High School Gay Straight Alliance v. Board of Education of Boyd County" wherein the Kentucky Supreme Court held that the Equal Access Act prohibited school officials from banning the Gay Straight Alliance from meeting in the high school since it had earlier permitted four other noncurricular…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, High Schools, State Courts, Youth Clubs
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
This article discusses the Equal Access Act (EAA) as it pertains to high-school student clubs. It raises basics questions about EAA: What does "equal" mean? What level of access is required? Does the First Amendment's free-speech clause offer broader protection to student clubs than the EAA? (WFA)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Civil Rights, Clubs, Court Litigation
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2000
Pressured by religious conservatives, Congress passed the Equal Access Act (1984), allowing secondary school students the right to form on-campus extracurricular religious and other clubs. Recently, a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at a southern California high school was granted court protection under this statute, despite the community's objections.…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Clubs, Conservatism, Extracurricular Activities
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1997
Describes the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in the case "Ceniceros v. Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District." The case raises the question about the meaning of the 1984 Equal Access Act, specifically, how to interpret "noninstructional time." (LMI)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Baron, Mark A.; Bishop, Harold L. – American School Board Journal, 1991
In "Mergens," the Supreme Court ruled that the Equal Access Act was constitutional and that students at a high school with a "limited open forum" could participate in a prayer club. Provides a chronology of First Amendment and Equal Access Act cases; advises school boards about policy issues; and lists the availability of a…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Compliance (Legal), Constitutional Law, Court Litigation
Senes, Meridyth M. – American School Board Journal, 1988
Describes one school board member's experiences, including being sued by a group (to which her son belonged) desiring to hold a peace fair on school property. Recounts massive reading assignments, disciplinary and due process hearings, countless meetings, and other official and unofficial responsibilities. Advocates smooth proceedings and…
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Court Litigation, Educational Facilities
Rossow, Lawrence F. – American School Board Journal, 1987
Addresses the question of whether student prayer groups should be allowed to use school facilities. The Equal Access Act allows all noncurricular student groups to meet, whereas four federal appellate court decisions ban prayer groups on the basis that separation between church and state outweighs students' right to free speech. (WTH)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts