While state legislatures continue to introduce proposals to protect the free press rights of students, the state department of education in Hawaii may be moving in the opposite direction.
College journalists may want to keep their fingers crossed but they should probably not hold their breath.
Legislators in at least five states have indicated they will sponsor bills in sessions this year that will counteract the U.S. Supreme Court's 1988 decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, which cut back on the First Amendment protections given high school journalists.
Iowa State University was forced to pay The Ames Daily Tribune $86,769 by a federal court to help bear the burden of legal expenses associated with a lawsuit against the school.
In a unanimous decision, the Brocton School Board decided to restore the journalism class as part of the English curriculum at Brocton High School.
A cartoon depicting allegations of school misconduct contributed to a halt of the presses at Neumann College in Aston.
Charges brought against a high school student newspaper adviser accused of being disrespectful by school administrators because she supported student press freedom were dropped in mid-November.
A federal appellate court has ruled that students have the right to refuse to fund "political or ideological" student groups whose views are at odds with their own.
Emboldened, perhaps, by their seeming omnipotence, some school officials in the post-Hazelwood era have trained their sights on new ground.
When Meadville Area High School student Brooke Kneeland died of leukemia last May, friends wanted to pay tribute to her by placing an ad with her picture and two poems in the school's yearbook.