This note examines the considerations which led the United States Supreme Court to determine that a school board's authority over the administration of the schools is not absolute if the exercise of this authority violates the constitutional rights of the students. Second. the note explores the development of a student's right to receive information through a school library as a guarantee of the first amendment, a right that cannot be ignored by a school board when the board removes books which it considers to be inappropriate either because of the ideas presented in the books or because of the local community's moral. political, and religious opinions. Third. even though the Is/and Trees decision offers no final determination on the "right to receive" information issue, this note will point out how the alignment and the analyses of the Justices will influence the future determination of the issue.
Timothy L. Coggins, A School Board's Authority Versus a Student's Right to Receive Information, 14 N.C. Cent. L.J. 255 (1983).