Woodland Park school board has ‘chilled’ free speech and violated open meetings law, according to Colorado teachers union lawsuit

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado’s largest teachers union and its local affiliate have filed a federal lawsuit against the Woodland Park School District and the district’s board of education.

The lawsuit alleges the district and board have “chilled” teachers’ First Amendment rights to free speech and free association and violated state open meetings laws when it revised a district policy and effectively instituted a gag order against teachers.

The Woodland Park Education Association, a local affiliate of the Colorado Education Association, and its president, Nate Owens, filed the 21-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver on Thursday.

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