Sending a clear signal to educators everywhere, a federal judge ruled Dec. 28 that Woodland School District in Marble Hill, Mo., violated a high school student's free speech rights when it suspended him for posting a personal web page criticizing his school. The ruling makes clear that schools have no jurisdiction over what their students do in cyberspace, provided it's done on their own time and from their own computers.

U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Sippel issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the district from using the suspension against student Brandon Beussink in grade and attendance calculations. It also bars...

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