After almost two years of planning and preparation, the Student Press Law Center today launched a new version of its popular Web site, www.splc.org, with a variety of new features to benefit student journalists and those who work with them.
WASHINGTON ' The distribution of newspapers at Federal Way High School was delayed in November due to a complaint from a school-board candidate about a letter to the editor that criticized her attempt to ban books from another high school.
CONNECTICUT ' According to a study released in November, only 10 of 68 state agencies complied with public records requests guaranteed by the state Freedom of Information Act.
The study was conducted by 23 Southern Connecticut State University journalism students, who asked for work-attendance records for the highest-paid or top officials at state agencies.
NEW JERSEY ' Two publications with different agendas teamed up to fight censorship at Cook College, located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.
October issues of Caellian and The Medium were removed from their respective distribution bins by Cook Campus Center Director Francine Corley.
CALIFORNIA ' It all started with a political cartoon depicting two Muslims standing in the hand of the devil surrounded by the fires of hell.
As the Internet becomes more accessible to high school students, a variety of problems are arising regarding the rights of students to access and disseminate information over the Web or via e-mail.
In Pennsylvania, a former Keystone Oaks High School student is continuing his lawsuit against administrators who kicked him off the volleyball team for making derogatory comments in an Internet chat room.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pittsburgh filed an amended complaint on behalf of Jack Flaherty asking for damages and a permanent injunction that would bar the school from punishing students for off-campus speech.
Flaherty, who has since graduated, was cut from the team after he made disparaging comments on an Internet forum for western Pennsylvania volleyball players.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' Debbie Shick was given a choice. After her son's death in 1999 following a fight with another student near his Georgetown University campus, school officials told Shick she would have to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing her from telling David's siblings the outcome of the disciplinary hearing against the student she believed was responsible for her son's death.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' A proposal at Georgetown University would curtail the right of students to publish works anonymously or under a pseudonym.
A committee comprised of four students and four faculty members drafted an addendum to the university's policy on speech and expression, giving the vice president the ability to confiscate anonymous publications.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' The U.S.A. Patriot Act, a comprehensive anti-terrorism bill spurred by the events of Sept.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 28 regarding the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act.
The government appealed after the U.S.