The sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" echoing off the auditorium walls mixed with the anticipation of receiving a high school diploma were not a part of Nathan Angelo's graduation ceremonies this past year.
A newspaper received access to records relating to the sexual misconduct of a school employee in February after a year-long court battle.
An amendment supporting greater First Amendment protection for college students was included as part of a bill that overwhelmingly passed through Congress this summer.
Despite several failed attempts this year at passing legislation to counteract the U.S. Supreme Court's 1988 Hazelwood ruling, some states are still planning to take on the challenge next session.
The state Supreme Court decided June 17 to review an appellate court decision on a student newspaper's right to sue Gov. Pete Wilson and the University of California board of regents for violations of open meetings laws.
Officials at Iowa State University and an Ames publishing company agreed to an out-of-court settlement in mid-June, ending most parts of a dispute over distribution rights on campus.
The Utah Records Committee, which helps resolve disputes of open records under the Utah Freedom of Information Act, granted the release of log files June 29 containing information about what sites had been blocked by Internet filtering software.
The Hawaii state legislature passed a bill in late April allowing the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to close meetings during discussions of donations to the university.
A former Louisiana State University student, who admitted to burning about 1,000 copies of a free campus newspaper, was acquitted of criminal property damage in late May.
The Senate incorporated two bills that could radically change Internet access in schools nationwide in an appropriations bill passed in mid-July.