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PHILADELPHIA, December 31, 2009—America’s college and university campuses continued to rank among the worst places in America for free speech and other First Amendment rights in 2009. Yet thanks to the work of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the American people’s continued belief in our nation’s founding principles, freedom on campus... Read more Read more


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MINNEAPOLIS, December 23, 2009—In response to sustained pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities has backed away from its plans to enforce a political litmus test for future teachers. The plans from its College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) involved redesigning admissions and the curriculum to... Read more Read more


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MINNEAPOLIS, December 17, 2009—The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is defending its plans to enforce a political litmus test for future teachers in the face of national outrage. The plans from its College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) involve redesigning admissions and the curriculum to enforce an ideology centered on a narrow view of “cultural competence.“... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 15, 2009—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announces the winners of its 2009 "Freedom in Academia" high school essay contest. More than 2,700 students submitted essays for the contest. Home school student Nathaniel Cornelius of Paynesville, Minnesota, wrote the winning essay, Andrew David King of Moreau Catholic High School in... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 15, 2009—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announces the winners of its 2009 “Freedom in Academia” high school essay contest. More than 2,700 students submitted essays for the contest. Home school student Nathaniel Cornelius of Paynesville, Minnesota, wrote the winning essay, Andrew David King of Moreau Catholic High School in... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, November 12, 2009—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is proud to announce the publication of Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies, a practical guide for university administrators seeking to protect freedom of expression on their campus. Authored by Samantha Harris, FIRE’s Director of Speech Code Research, and William Creeley, FIRE’s Director... Read more Read more


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FORT WORTH, Texas, November 5, 2009—Tarrant County College (TCC) students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz filed suit in federal district court late Tuesday against TCC. The students are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent TCC from quarantining protected speech to the school’s tiny “free speech zone” when they participate in a national “empty holster”... Read more Read more


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FORT WORTH, Texas, November 5, 2009—Tarrant County College (TCC) students Clayton Smith and John Schwertz filed suit in federal district court late Tuesday against TCC. The students are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent TCC from quarantining protected speech to the school’s tiny “free speech zone” when they participate in a national “empty holster”... Read more Read more


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SAVANNAH, Ga., November 3, 2009—Under pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), East Georgia College (EGC) has withdrawn an unfounded charge of “sexual harassment” against a professor who criticized the school’s sexual harassment policy. EGC President John B. Black dismissed Professor Thomas Thibeault from campus and had him escorted from campus by... Read more Read more


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SAVANNAH, Ga., November 3, 2009—Under pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), East Georgia College (EGC) has withdrawn an unfounded charge of “sexual harassment” against a professor who criticized the school’s sexual harassment policy. EGC President John B. Black dismissed Professor Thomas Thibeault from campus and had him escorted from campus by... Read more Read more



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