A New Voices bill known as the “Student Journalist Free Speech Act” was introduced in New York in January 2019.
The 2019 Student Journalist Free Speech Act is assigned as, A.3079 / S.2297. The bills are in committee in both the Assembly and Senate; the language in each is identical.
- Learn the basics about the New York Senate here, and the Assembly here.
- You can make a difference by contacting your state representatives to let them know why you support A.3079/S.2297. Find out who your senator is are by entering your address into this interactive map. Do the same for your Assembly member here.
- Join us in Albany for Lobby Day on April 30 – details here.
- Download and share this flier about the Student Journalist Free Speech Act: A.3079 / S.2297)
- Refine your thoughts with an FAQ/talking points, and other resources here.
- Do what you’re most comfortable with – a phone call, email, letter, social media post to the lawmaker – or all four.
- Follow and share content from @NewVoicesNY on Twitter.
- Like and share posts on the New Voices of New York Facebook page.
- Get looped in with volunteer coordinators to let them know about your efforts. And, please get in touch if you are or were a student journalist (or adviser) who was the target of censorship, intimidation or retaliation:
- Enlist all your friends in New York to raise their voices in support of this measure, which ensures the basic First Amendment rights of student journalists and protects their advisers from retaliation.
Why New York needs New Voices
- Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
- The principal censored this paper; the staff says it’s because a student critiqued teachers’ performance (4-30-17) The New York Post
- Student journalists sue district to stop censorship (6-17-05) Student Press Law Center
- https://www.wikitribune.com/article/55423/ ← Batoul @ Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
You can see the list of national endorsers at the bottom of this page.
In 2018, the bill died in the Assembly Education Committee.
Legislative Resolution Recognizes Student Press Freedom Day, (1-30-2019) New York Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo (D-123rd District)
Hundreds of issues of the Maroon-News stolen, members of swim team found responsible, (11-20-2018) Student Press Law Center
CityViews: NY Legislators Ought to Protect Student Press Freedom (4-26-2018) CityLimits.org
Corning students visit NY Capitol to push for free speech for school publications, (4-24-2018) Press & Sun Bulletin, Binghamton, NY
NY should extend free press rights to students, (2-15-2018) The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY
Give our youngest truth-seekers their First Amendment rights, Democrat & Chronicle,Rochester, NY (1-25-2018) “Educators should not be preparing our nation’s truth-seekers by discouraging them from looking for it or prohibiting them from telling it.
N.Y.’s tongue-tied student journalists, (3-30-2017) New York Daily News
Getting the school newspaper edited and approved should not be so difficult, (5-18-2013) Democrat & Chronicle,Rochester, NY