College students in Arkansas just gained new protections against censorship and prior review, thanks to a new law expanding on long-standing student media protections in the state. Lawmakers unanimously passed the “New Voices” bill, HB1231, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed it into law on March 8, 2019. The measure builds on the 1995 Arkansas Student… Continue reading Arkansas bill adding First Amendment protections for college students signed into law
Cory Dawson: Since 1988, student reporters have lived under a Supreme Court ruling that gives school administrators vast control over what goes into their school’s newspapers. Since then, students, advocates and media advisers have worked to put press freedoms for student journalists into law by passing New Voices laws in 14 states. These laws protect… Continue reading PODCAST: New Voices advocates talk struggles and successes
More bills protecting the First Amendment rights of student journalists are moving through statehouses than ever before, according to a Student Press Law Center tally. The 11 bills are part of a nationwide effort to pass “New Voices” bills in state legislatures, which effectively counteract and clarify the limits of the 1988 Hazelwood School District… Continue reading A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019
The bill would require parents to approve any surveys asking students to provide “sexual information,” mental health information, medical information, student health risk information, information about drug use and other topics the school board deems “sensitive.”
A censored version of Sheridan High School’s yearbook will be sent to the printer without the student profiles — including one of a gay student — that sparked a dispute between student editors and administrators.
Despite state law that protects student expression, administrators at an Arkansas high school are trying to pull student feature profiles from the yearbook.
Morethan 1,000 copies of The Forumstudent newspaper were stolen March 13 and 14 from the University of Arkansasat Little Rock.
TheArkansas State University Herald joinedthe list of alleged 2011 newspaper theft victims March 17 when issuesdisappeared from stands two hours after distribution.
Newspapers have vanished from the stands two consecutive weeks at Henderson State University, and it’s not from extensive readership.
The United States Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case raising the issue of schools' authority to punish students for wearing protest armbands.