Three states have passed significant pieces of legislation this semester affecting public access to government information. Some of these bills have increased access to information for high school and college journalists while others have decreased it.
Tag: Spring 2008
Calif. advisers could get new shield
High school and college journalism advisers in California -- with the help of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) -- could soon receive more protection against administrators who are irked by student newspaper content.
Twelve states have laws against cyber-bullying, requiring schools to develop Internet safety programs or policies to control the electronic harassment that many believe is becoming more prevalent. Still, First Amendment advocates and attorneys have expressed concern over the laws' broad definitions of "bullying" and whether schools should get involved in incidents that happen outside school.
'Douchebags' case will go on
High school students and administrators often have very different ideas about what kind of language is appropriate. On school grounds administrators usually have the last word, but questions are being raised when the speech occurs off campus and not on school time.
Thanks and congratulations
A penny saved means thousands earned for the Student Press Law Center, thanks to some creative teachers and their energetic students.
Cutting off the grapevine
It is not unusual to hear stories about administrators in higher education censoring student media; what is strange is when the students ask officials to censor content.
Charles O'Malley, 93, friend and supporter
Scholastic journalism lost a loyal and enduring champion with the March 19 passing of Charles O'Malley, a former director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He was 93.
Getting in the game
College Censorship In Brief
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a group that advocates students' free expression rights, filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 31 against Troy University for a speech code FIRE's President David French called "incompatible with a free society."
Advisers In Brief
Administrators at Shorewood High School reinstated Steve Kelly for the 2005-06 academic year as adviser of Imprints, the school’s literary magazine, after he was asked to resign last year when the publication he oversaw printed a poem about a sexual experience.