The Illinois New Voices bill would extend First Amendment protections to high school journalists. College journalists in the state are already protected.
Lawmakers on a House committee unanimously passed ‘New Voices’ legislation Wednesday that would bolster First Amendment protections for high school student journalists in the state. About 50 high school students, their journalism advisers and free speech advocates attended the hearing for House Bill 5902 that would protect high school journalists’ right to free speech and… Continue reading Illinois student press freedom bill passes unanimously through House committee
Hugh Hefner has pledged $37,500 to his alma mater high school newspaper, which was recently involved in a censorship battle with the school principal.
In a momentous week for the nationwide New Voices campaign, Maryland and Illinois have joined the list of states with legislation pending to protect students journalists from administrative censorship. Maryland’s bill, Senate Bill 764, introduced by Democratic Sens. Jamin Raskin and Jim Rosapepe on Feb. 5, would extend to high school and college student journalists… Continue reading Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills
When the student newspaper adviser publicized the censorship, the high school principal threatened to cut the 81-year-old student newspaper.
"The Student Press Law Center was there when I needed help and guidance. I really had no where else to go, and no one else to seek help from."
Across the country, attacks on academic freedom have ended up in court and in policy changes as professors fight to speak openly.
After the University of Chicago announced measures to make its police department more transparent, legislators opted to stall the bill that would have required private campus police departments to be more transparent.
The professor who was fired over his personal tweets criticizing Israel has sued the university on the basis of his free speech and due process rights.
When Chicago bumps its minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, Columbia College will scale back hours for many of its student workers, and until Wednesday, the number of employees on the student newspaper staff would have been reduced by a quarter.