Frank LoMonte teaches media and First Amendment law at the University of Florida. He is the director of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a think-tank devoted to promoting access to essential information, and publisher of The Journal of Civic Information, a quarterly open-access journal of practical scholarship. He is executive producer of the award-winning investigative podcast about secrecy in government, "Why Don't We Know," hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sara Ganim. From 2008 until 2017. LoMonte served as executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit advocate for the rights of student journalists.
As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally arose: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights? The First Amendment protects free speech against government punishment, outside of something as extreme as a threat of violence. A school district is a government agency. So […]