Education Week's Mark Walsh, a veteran Supreme Court reporter who deeply understands education law, is just out with a fascinating look behind the scenes at how the high court arrived at the First Amendment legal standard that governs much of the speech taking place in schools (and, increasingly, in colleges).The entire piece is well worth reading, but it's particularly enlightening for the nuggets Walsh was able to unearth from the papers of Justices Byron White, author of the majority opinion in Hazelwood School District v.
A movie of trained fighting dogs ripping each other to pieces.Ten million dollars from an undisclosed source dumped into a special-interest ad campaign to sway the outcome of an election.A padded resumé falsely claiming credit for military heroism.A video game in which players tear the limbs off their opponents, then beat them to death with the blood-soaked stumps."Thank God for Dead Soldiers" hate-speech signs waved outside of a military funeral.A newspaper editorial advocating the defeat of a school board candidate who supports banning books.The Supreme Court thinks one of these is unprotected by the First Amendment.If you guessed it was the editorial, then you are likely either (a) a federal judge or (b) a victim of Hazelwood justice.This coming Sunday marks 25 years since the Supreme Court confined America's young people to a constitutional underclass in Hazelwood School District v.
A California principal has confiscated copies of a student magazine, claiming its cover image promotes gang life and telling its staff they cannot distribute the issue.
An Idaho teenager is planning to sue his school district for suspending him after a reference to a racial slur was printed in the student newspaper.
After three months of review, the Harrisburg, Ill. school board approved a prior review policy that gives Harrisburg High School Principal Karen Crank authority to review the student newspaper, the Purple Clarion, 48 hours before publication.
A Senate bill introduced in Connecticut latelast month and scheduled for public hearing Friday marks another state'sattempt to fortify the legal protection of student publications eroded by theSupreme Court's Hazelwood decision.
Students, newspaper advisers, school board representatives, and First Amendment advocates filed into a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington yesterday to debate, for the third year in a row, the merits of student free press legislation in their state.
An article written for last month's student newspaper at Cypress Ridge High School, in Houston, Texas, never made it past the desk of the Principal Claudio Garcia.
With the help of his state representative, acollege sophomore in Kentucky has initiated a bill in the Commonwealth's Houseof Representatives that seeks to combat post-Hazelwood student pressrights restrictions.
In 1988, the Supreme Court ruled in Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier that educators could censor school-sponsored student expression, including some student publications, if a legitimate educational concern exists. The ruling has limited the rights of high school student journalists under the First Amendment.