The New Voices movement has made significant strides in 2019, with a record number of state bills (11) introduced, and two measures adopted in Arkansas to strengthen protections for student journalists. New Voices is a student-powered nonpartisan grassroots movement of state-based advocates who seek to protect student press freedom with state laws. These laws counteract… Continue reading New Voices bills see success and defeat in 2019 state legislative sessions
Minnesota’s New Voices bill set to advance in House, faces rougher waters in Senate
MINNESOTA - A New Voices bill that would protect student journalists in grades six through 12 is making its way to the House floor of the Minnesota Statehouse. The bill, HF1868, was first introduced four years ago. It took a change of party control in the House, and the bill’s author becoming chair of the… Continue reading Minnesota’s New Voices bill set to advance in House, faces rougher waters in Senate
PODCAST: New Voices advocates talk struggles and successes
Cory Dawson: Since 1988, student reporters have lived under a Supreme Court ruling that gives school administrators vast control over what goes into their school’s newspapers. Since then, students, advocates and media advisers have worked to put press freedoms for student journalists into law by passing New Voices laws in 14 states. These laws protect… Continue reading PODCAST: New Voices advocates talk struggles and successes
A record number of states have introduced New Voices bills in 2019
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
These seven states have promising grassroots New Voices campaigns going into 2018
In the opening days of the new year, bills were introduced in Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York, with holdover bills reactivated in Minnesota and Washington.
Minnesota high school newspaper files suit to access security video
Student journalists at St. Louis Park High School in Minnesota have filed a lawsuit against the school seeking access to a hallway surveillance video under the state open records act.
Student suspended for two-word sarcastic tweet to receive $425,000 in settlement
The former high school student who tweeted "Actually yeah" in response to an anonymous charge that he had made out with a female teacher will receive hundreds of thousands in a federal court settlement.
Student suspended for tweet can continue with lawsuit against school district and police chief, judge rules
The federal judge wrote that the student, who was threatened with expulsion over a sarcastic two-word tweet, had a plausible argument that his school district violated his First and 14th Amendment rights.
Keefe v. Adams et al.
In December 2012, former nursing student Craig Keefe was expelled from Central Lakes College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program for Facebook posts he made, including one in which he described a classmate as a "stupid bitch." The Facebook posts were made on Keefe’s personal account, but were reported to an instructor by two students in November 2012 after they were made uncomfortable by some of the language in them.
Former Minn. nursing student files appeal after losing Facebook speech case
A federal court has dismissed a suit from a former student at Central Lakes College, who sued college administrators for expelling him from a nursing program over remarks on his personal Facebook page.