In last month's Legal Alert, the wrong date was used in the case citation for the story "Calif. judge cites anti-SLAPP law in dismissal of libel suit against student newspaper." The correct citation is Reyes v.
CALIFORNIA ' The dispute over the yearbook at Salinas High School has escalated from a troubling incident to an impending trial.
Eight high school students are bringing suit against administrators for what they claim is censorship of their yearbook, the El Gabian, during the 2000-01 school year.
KENTUCKY ' University of Kentucky officials have released employee records previously denied to the student newspaper after being threatened with a lawsuit in Fayette County Circuit Court.
While employees' identities will remain undisclosed, their race, gender and ages will be released in a database made available to the Kentucky Kernal.
Wanting to avoid a lawsuit, the administration offered a compromise to the newspaper.
MINNESOTA ' The student government at St. Cloud State University passed and then rescinded a motion requiring a conduct code violation be filed against any student-media organization that uses American Indian nicknames and logos in news content.
The motion passed on Nov.
Chris Ransick claims he was removed from his job for refusing to perform prior review.
Barbara Lach-Smith alleges her contract was not renewed in retaliation for a newspaper story uncovering an outrageous severance package given to her university's ex-president.
Toby Eichas is suing his former high school after he was forced out by administrators who had problems with the content of the school's newspaper.
John Schmitt's suit alleges that he was removed because university officials took issue with stories that showed their school in an unfavorable light.
The common thread: Advisers who chose to maintain their journalistic principles ' and as a result lost their jobs.
Their situations are by no means unique, as every year there are several advisers removed from their posts by disgruntled administrators.
MARYLAND ' A high school's newspaper was asked to recall issues on Oct. 1, while its television station yielded to a request to edit some content later in the week ' both stemming from their coverage of the student government president's impeachment hearings.
The Black & White at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda reported on the impeachment hearings of Austin Lavin, the student government president, in its Sept.
FLORIDA ' Five journalism organizations, including the Student Press Law Center, signed on to the Independent Florida Alligator's case that questions the constitutionality of the Earnhardt Family Protection Act.
The friend-of-the-court brief, filed in November, supports the University of Florida newspaper's case.
OHIO ' Students from Miami University who were suing the university for prohibiting the use of student fees for student religious groups but not for other ideological organizations settled out of court in September.
Eleven former and current students brought the suit in June 1999.
FLORIDA ' In February 1998, nine Killian High School students who produced an obscene underground newsletter tested the limits of how far student-press rights advocates were willing to go to protect freedom of speech.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this fall in Falvo v. Owasso Independent School District, a case involving the federal statute that regulates the release of student education records.