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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2020
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706
astarnes@texasbar.com


TYLA to launch website educating students about their First Amendment rights

AUSTIN—The Texas Young Lawyers Association has designed an online learning platform that will educate school students about student speech and their rights under the First Amendment.

The project—Your Voice, Now!—presents the concept of student speech from various perspectives, including educational videos from school law experts, school administrators, parents, and students themselves. Your Voice, Now! is TYLA’s signature public service project for 2019-2020 and will be available for free to the public via a web-based application beginning April 1.

One feature of Your Voice, Now! is an interview with Mary Beth Tinker of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. The court’s decision in Tinker defined the First Amendment rights of students in public schools.

The project also includes online worksheets and checklists for educators to use in the classroom. The curriculum meets the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements imposed by the state.

“Balancing the educational needs of a diverse student body while providing supportive venues for students to express their individual views is not an easy task,” said 2019-2020 TYLA President Victor A. Flores. “The discussion involves all voices: students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We hope this web-based platform opens a healthy roundtable discussion in schools across Texas and the country while also educating students on necessary government and civics issues.”

Your Voice, Now! is made possible by a $45,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

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Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), known as the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. For more information, visit tyla.org.

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