Illinois House unanimously sends New Voices press freedom bill on to Senate

ILLINOIS — House lawmakers unanimously passed New Voices legislation Tuesday that would bolster free speech rights for high school journalists and prevent administrative censorship in the Prairie State. House Bill 5902, introduced by Democratic Rep. Will Guzzardi earlier this year, would protect high school journalists’ right to free speech and of the press in school-sponsored media,… Continue reading Illinois House unanimously sends New Voices press freedom bill on to Senate

“We just need to turn up the volume:” A Q&A with the sponsor of the Washington New Voices bill

The Washington State New Voices student press freedom bill, which would have given students at public high schools and colleges the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press, died in committee last week. The bill, which passed through the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education by a 6-2-1 vote, failed… Continue reading “We just need to turn up the volume:” A Q&A with the sponsor of the Washington New Voices bill

Washington student press freedom bill stalls in committee this legislative session

After a month of growing momentum, the Washington State student press freedom bill failed to make it out of the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 6233, which would have given students at both public high schools and colleges in the state the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press, passed… Continue reading Washington student press freedom bill stalls in committee this legislative session

Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Two New Voices bills were passed out of their state committees this week, signaling a step forward for legislation that would protect free speech rights and press rights for student journalists. The bills, introduced in Washington and Missouri, would both protect high school and college student journalists’ right to exercise freedom of speech and of… Continue reading Student press rights bills in Washington, Missouri passed state committee votes

Eight Washington State senators sign on to sponsor student press freedom legislation

WASHINGTON — The Washington State Senate Majority Floor Leader’s visit to a high school newspaper in October was more eventful than most classroom visits tend to be. The senator, Joe Fain, talked to each of the journalism students and looked at their articles — and then he talked to their adviser, Thomas Custodio-Kaup, about passing… Continue reading Eight Washington State senators sign on to sponsor student press freedom legislation