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
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
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
Funding for the University of Mary Washington's The Blue and Gray Press' print edition was slashed on April 27, cutting their budget from $13,665 to just $100.
On Feb. 19, House Bill 1 passed the Virginia Senate with a 38-2 vote. The bill will now go back to the House for approval of changes made by the Senate.
A case in Virginia has provided a welcome stand against retaliation for students exercising their First Amendment rights. On March 30, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia rejected a motion to dismiss by the defendants in Deegan v. Moore, finding that student Jennifer Deegan had been well within her rights to… Continue reading U.S. District Court affirms First Amendment right to complain in rejecting motion to dismiss former student's complaint
Kate Karstens is a senior at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia and the editor of their student newspaper, The Lasso. Since last March, she’s been on a campaign to codify press freedom in her school district by changing her school board’s policy of prior review. I spoke with her about her passion… Continue reading Virginia student confronts school board to end prior review — Q & A with Kate Karstens
The high school principal has halted the publication of a yearbook spread on teen pregnancy — and has blocked students from appealing her decision.
Virginia public records law exempts the disclosure of university presidents' working notes or correspondence, which has raised questions in light of the Rolling Stones article's aftermath. Some public access advocates are trying to remove those exemptions from the law.
A recent decision said that a state agency does not have to release documents with sensitive information, even if the exempted information is redacted.