The Five Freedoms Project

To help educators create high-functioning democratic learning communities, the Five Freedoms Project provides an actionable framework for school leadership, based on four overlapping themes. Click on each of the themes below for action steps and resources:


Religious Liberty. Speech. Press. Assembly. Petition.


Reflect. Connect. Create. Equip. Let Come.


Knowledge. Commitment. Habits. Aspirations. Actions.


Achievement. Balance. Climate. Democratic Practices. Equity.

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Can a public school fire a teacher for violating its no-profanity rule?

A high school English and journalism teacher failed to censor her students' creative writing assignments even though some of her students used profanity in their work. After a complaint, the school principal terminated the teacher for violating the school's "no-profanity" rule, which had traditionally not been applied to classroom exercises.

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