Supreme Court rejects teacher's appeal

Oct. 2, 2007
Indiana district did not renew instructor's contract after she expressed anti-war view to students.

An elementary-school teacher who was dismissed after telling her class on the eve of the Iraq war that "I honk for peace" has lost a U.S. Supreme Court appeal. The justices denied a hearing to Deborah Mayer, who had appealed lower-court decisions upholding an Indiana school district's refusal to renew her contract in June 2003. The most-recent ruling, by a federal appeals court in Chicago, says teachers in public schools have no constitutional right to express personal opinions in the classroom.

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