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Page v. Lexington Release (3/11/2008)

March 11th, 2008, Fairfax, VA – A precedent-setting court case could soon grant taxpayers full and equal access to counter any government communication used to propagate government views.
The March 20th case, Page v. Lexington 1, will be held in Richmond, VA at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case involves a South Carolina School District’s refusal to allow plaintiff Randy Page the right to counter the District’s barrage of anti-school choice views in a variety of public forums. A victory for Page would have ramifications for government communications nationwide.
The case stems from a South Carolina State Legislature bill which would have created a school choice tax credit program. The School District used its communications system to oppose the legislation. Upon discovering these messages, Page sought equal access to the District’s informational distribution system, which includes the District’s newsletter. He was denied access, however, by the District’s Director of School/Community Relations on the grounds that his views were in favor of school choice.
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Page v. Lexington County School District One before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals - Background Briefing

Randy Page filed suit in U.S. District Court against Lexington School District One ("the District") for violation of his First Amendment right of freedom of expression in a public forum. The District had used its publicly-funded information distribution system to criticize proposed school choice legislation in South Carolina, the “Put Parents in Charge Act”, and to engage in widespread distribution of propaganda against the issue. Page sought access to that system to present his views in favor of school choice, and the lawsuit stems from the District’s refusal to grant Page’s request for access to that forum. Click here to read more

Page v. Lexington to be Decided on First Amendment Grounds

March 20th, 2008, Fairfax, VA – The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, VA heard arguments today in the precedent-setting free speech case, Page v. Lexington County School District One.“Today’s oral argument was very effective and the panel clearly appreciated the First Amendment significance of this case,” Randy Page’s attorney, Kevin Hall said. “The court will decide whether public school districts can continue to fund a political propaganda machine at taxpayers’ expense with no accountability.” Click here to read more