California bill would protect journalism advisers

A new bill introduced Feb. 21 in California’s Senate would protect high school and college journalism advisers’ careers from being jeopardized because of student speech.Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) sponsored the bill, which would “prohibit an employee from being dismissed, suspended, disciplined, reassigned, transferred, or otherwise retaliated against for acting to protect a pupil’s conduct” protected by California state law and the United States Constitution.Yee’s communications director, Adam Keigwin, said the bill is a reaction to an increased number of instances where administrators pressure, and in some cases retaliate against, advisers over student speech.

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SPLC View: As the situation at Naperville High School, above, painfully illustrates, student media advisers are far too often sacrificed by administrators angry they have acted to protect their students