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Teacher's Blog Not Protected Speech: 9th Circ.

Law360 (June 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Washington school district did not violate a teacher's constitutional rights when it demoted her after discovering that she kept a “vituperative” blog attacking her co-workers, the union and the school system, because the blog was not protected speech, a federal appeals court has affirmed.

In a ruling handed down Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that Jeanne Beckon, the head of human resources for the Central Kitsap School District, did not err when she involuntarily transferred Tara L. Richerson from...
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