The changes would exempt documents that identity the applicants for any public-sector job in the state, documents regarding alleged civil rights violations and proprietary university research. The amendment would give law enforcement agencies broader discretion to withhold from the public records that could “interfere with law enforcement proceedings” or constitute an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
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N.M. high school teacher resigns after student’s story about Jesus giving out marijuana stirs controversy
Katrina Guarascio, who taught for eight years at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, said she resigned on Dec. 3 because she didn’t agree with administrators’ “ultimatum” for her to develop stricter plans and discipline for her classes.
Contracts limiting union members' ability to talk with student media concern Central New Mexico Community College journalists
Central New Mexico Community College student journalists are worried their school’s faculty contracts could dissuade union members from talking freely with student media.
New Mexico college administrators reinstate staff, return confiscated papers
A community college president has returned confiscated newspapers and reinstated the student newspaper staff to their positions after administrators shut down the paper yesterday.
Back in session, state lawmakers introduce new legislation on cyberbullying
With the start of a new legislative session in many statehouses, cyberbullying has reappeared on the radar this month.Legislators in four states have all proposed bills that either amend the definition of "bullying" or require school boards to implement policy regarding cyberbullying and other forms of harassment.States with pending legislation on issues of bullying and cyberbullying include:
- Alaska: A proposal to amend the state's bullying law to include electronic as well as in-person communications.
- New Mexico: Another proposal to include cyberbullying as a form of bullying, as well as a requirement for school boards to implement a "cyberbullying prevention policy" by August 2013.
- New York: A proposal to revise the state's newly enacted 2012 cyberbullying law to define cyberbullying as "a repeated course of communication, or repeatedly causing a communication to be sent, by mechanical or electronic means, posting statements on the internet or through a computer network with no legitimate communication purpose which causes alarm or serious annoyance, or is likely to cause alarm or serious annoyance."
- Virginia: Clarifies the term "bullying" and requires districts to enact anti-bullying policies not just involving student-on-student conduct but also bullying of school employees by other employees.
Principal spikes football cartoon from N.M. newspaper
AlejandroTeran submitted his editorial cartoon for the November issue of Bernalillo HighSchool’s The Basement without athought that it would trigger a First Amendment debate on censorship.
Football coach tosses videotape of controversial run-in with N.M. student editor
The University of New Mexico athletic program isfacing criticism after destroying a surveillance tape of a controversial meetingbetween its head football coach and the sports editor from the studentnewspaper.
N.M. governor signs bill to make government agencies recognize e-mail records requests
Government agencies in New Mexico will have to accept electronic requests for public records after the governor signed a bill April 3 inspired by a state university's rejection of an e-mail request.
New policies at U. of New Mexico improve compliance with open-records law
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents approveda policy on Wednesday that will open more university records and information tothe public.
Restraining student media
Student journalists across the country complained of administrative censorship this spring, from students being punished for protesting prior review of their student newspaper to school officials confiscating a publication that published editorials critical of the school.