When the Salt Lake City School Board found they could not single out and ban a gay student organization at East High School last March, they voted instead to eliminate all extra-curricular student clubs in the district.
Even before they were allowed onto the floor for consideration, the Virginia state legislature in January and February killed three bills that would have made public the results of state public school student elections.
Internet speech is under attack not only by federal lawmakers but state lawmakers as well. Both Georgia and New York last year enacted state laws censoring certain types of speech on the Internet and other states are considering legislation.
When the staff of The Pegasus at Chugiak High School upped its circulation from 500 to 5,000 and made an effort to cover some of the more controversial issues in its community, school administrators began censoring every issue of the paper, citing a never-before used prior review policy adopted three years ago.
A superior court judge ruled in December that the proceedings of student disciplinary hearings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are confidential and do not violate the state open records law.
A professor at the University of Oklahoma who sued the school for blocking access to sex-related discussion groups on the Internet lost the first round in his legal battle in federal court.
Sometimes the news is not fit to print, according to officials at Otsego Middle School.
MICHIGAN -- In December, state lawmakers approved two pieces of legislation that give administrators at state universities the ability to hide portions of presidential searches from public scrutiny.
A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of charges against a former University of Michigan student who had sent "erotic fiction" over the Internet about a fellow student.
After The Pony Express at Stillwater High School published an article in December about an off-campus fight between students, administrators stepped in and confiscated all copies of the paper, citing the state's Data Privacy Act.