SPLC is proud to honor Riya Vyas of The Union at Milpitas High School with the organization’s inaugural Student Freedom of Information Award!
A tense public battle over content in a Florida high school yearbook was overblown, according to public records obtained by SPLC.
In this Legal Question of the Week, SPLC experts share guidance on how to respond if your student newsroom receives an open records request.
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, an administrative agency that enforces open record laws, unanimously decided on Feb. 13 that schools cannot withhold educator misconduct records on the grounds of protecting student privacy. The ruling clarifies that public schools can’t withhold an entire employee misconduct document because it contains identifying information about a student —… Continue reading Connecticut schools can’t claim employee misconduct records are FERPA protected, FOI commission rules
SPLC is proud to honor The Citizen at Laney College with the organization’s inaugural Student Freedom of Information Award!
Each year since 1984, the Student Press Law Center presents competitive awards to recognize exceptional efforts of high school and college journalists in fighting for student press freedom and in telling important stories of their communities. SPLC announced the 2023 awards at the fall national conventions, with information about the inspiring winners below. Nominations for… Continue reading Student Press Freedom Awards
To give you some tips and encouragement for the year ahead, we compiled advice from students interviewed in our blog series Behind the Story.
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Q: I am hearing rumors that a recently hired school official was fired from his job at a public college in another state and would like to find out more. Do I need to be a citizen of that state to request records? A: In most cases no. The vast majority of states do not require… Continue reading Do I need to be a citizen of a state to request records there?
Q: Is there an age limit for requesting public records under an open records law? A: Currently, Louisiana is the only state that requires a requester be the “age of majority,” which in Louisiana is currently 18. Likewise, there is no age requirement to request federal records under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Every… Continue reading Is there an age limit for requesting public records?