A student news organization filed its third lawsuit against the University of Central Florida last month after the student government budget committee met and discussed the organization’s multi-million dollar budget in secret and did not comply with open records requests, according to the complaint.
FLORIDA — The student-produced magazine at the University of North Florida is in jeopardy.
Budget cuts in the 2015-16 fiscal year are just part of a series of setbacks that has hit Spinnaker Magazine, the print product of Spinnaker Media, which also operates a radio station, a television station and a website.
When the university’s student government announced earlier this year it would have to cut Spinnaker’s budget, the print operation was hit the hardest.
The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee approved legislation on March 4 that would carve out a public records exemption for the applicants seeking top university jobs. The Rules Committee must approve the bill before it appears before the full Senate.
Last fall, the student government released its budget, which will go into effect on July 1. Spinnaker Media will receive $236,132.37 — a 6.8 percent decline from the previous year.
Lucia Cox announced she had retired from Miami Sunset Senior High School amid allegations she tried to hush students who spoke out about the school’s unsanitary conditions, encroaching on the students’ free speech rights.
The bill would provide a public records exemption for any personally identifying information about an applicant applying to be president, provost or dean of a a state university or Florida College System institution
The president of a Florida community college is attempting to bar the student newspaper from reporting on faculty contract negotiations and is accusing the faculty union of breaking a state law by speaking to the student press about the negotiations, Inside Higher Education reports.
The University of Central Florida correctly withheld records that were protected by a federal education privacy law, a judge ruled this week in a public records lawsuit brought by student journalists at the university.
In retrospect, a Miami student’s interview with a reporter — in which he described his threat to kill the president as “pretty funny” — was ill-advised, considering he’d expressed remorse to a judge only a month earlier at a probation hearing.
The resulting newspaper article in The Reporter, the Miami Dade College’s student newspaper, prompted a judge to toughen Joaquin Serrapio’s probation because “the original conditions were not sufficient to accomplish the purposes of probation.” The modifications included eight more months in home confinement and 45 days in a halfway house.
Serrapio appealed the increased sanctions because he believed “that these modifications violated his rights under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the First Amendment.” In a ruling handed down last week though, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s modified probation as constitutional.
A student journalist says she wants to write about medical marijuana for her Florida high school’s magazine. But staff and other students would rather she didn’t.