ILLINOIS — In 2016, Illinois passed the Speech Rights of Student Journalists Act, which protects student journalists at public schools from censorship by their administration. But the language in the law does not protect advisers from retaliation over news stories their students produce. Those protections were initially part of HB 5902, but were stripped from… Continue reading Illinois has a law protecting student press freedom, so why is censorship still happening?
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 event included Facebook Lives with the likes of student press advocates Mary Beth Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey, a webinar on the history of the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision and a ton of great photos, videos and messages from students on what getting rid of school censorship would mean to them.
In a major development in the movement for student press freedom, the American Bar Association has announced its support for New Voices legislation.
Two years ago, I didn’t know the Student Press Law Center existed. I didn’t know there was a need.
At a committee hearing on the New Voices of Missouri bill, there was no testimony in opposition to the anti-censorship legislation.
A federal judge cited Hazelwood in determining that a student's freedom of speech and expression rights were not violated by the school officials' refusal to allow her to wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap.
Earlier this month, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication approved a unanimous resolution urging schools to refrain from censorship made lawful by the Supreme Court's 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v.
As co-president of the Taconic Hills Middle School student council, an eighth grade student had a warm message to share with her classmates at the school’s annual “Moving Up” ceremony in June 2009.
“As we say our goodbyes and leave middle school behind, I say to you, may the LORD bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."
But a decision issued last month from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York defended the New York school district’s right to remove that very closing line from the unnamed student’s speech.
Our examination of the 25th anniversary of the Hazelwood decision limiting student expression rights continues next week with a panel discussion titled "The First Amendment Goes to School: 25 Years of Hazelwood v.