A New York City policy prohibiting educators from sporting political-themed buttons or displaying signs in school violates teachers' First Amendment rights, claims a lawsuit filed Friday by the city's teachers union. The two-decade-old neutrality policy is meant to prevent students who may hold different viewpoints from their teachers from feeling intimidated, a department spokeswoman said, but union president Randi Weingarten said the policy had not been routinely enforced until just recently.

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