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Goshen County School District

The American Civil Liberties Union has written a letter encouraging the Goshen County School District 1 board of trustees to change policies regarding public comments by its board members.

The ACLU says the board's policies chill the constitutional free speech rights of its board members.

The board recently censured a member who had criticized a student drug testing program in the local media.

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The ACLU says the board's action silences dissent, which is necessary for open debate, and sends the wrong message to students and teachers that there's no room for disagreement.

School board Chairman Charlie Harshberger declined immediate comment because he had not yet seen the letter.

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