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An Iowa principal pulled all remaining copies of the
student newspaper -- with a front-page survey indicating 13 percent of
students polled viewed blacks unfavorably and 2 percent viewed whites
unfavorably -- after three separate altercations between black and white
Administrators confiscated the remaining copies of The Growl at Bettendorf High School last Wednesday because of an article that questioned the consistency of penalties given to student athletes who had violated the school's student conduct policies.
A policy designed to help protect high school
students' freedom of speech and journalism advisers' jobs could be
in jeopardy as the Johnston Community Board of Education considers repealing it.
IOWA -- The Johnston Community School Board on Monday repealed
a policy designed to protect high school journalism advisers' jobs and
students' freedom of expression.
debate over what types of e-mail records can be disclosed under Iowa’s
open-records law, the Iowa Association of School Boards is preparing to
disclose documents requested by the Des
In the past year, courts across the country have tried to
interpret the meaning of the federal student privacy law, known as FERPA.
Several recent rulings suggest the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
does not protect the vast array of information about students that some
universities have claimed.
An Iowa appeals court ruled Wednesday in favor of a former newspaper adviser who was reprimanded by his school, in the first case testing a post-Hazelwood student free expression law.
Federal student privacy law bars the release of records related to an alleged sexual assault by university football players, even in redacted form, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Students and their adviser at The Calumet have found themselves in a defensive position this month, but they don’t know against what and they don’t know against whom. Editor Molly Willson said Muscatine Community College’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action officer contacted her and other staff members for information about an article The Calumet published last month.
Conflicts between a college student newspaper and a professional newspaper in Ames have made their way to court in a suit over access to the student newspaper's records.
With frequent tuition hikes and steep taxes comes a desire from those
concerned with the use of tax dollars to know how money is allocated at public
universities across the country.
It's a question both sides think they know the answer to and one both sides hope the state's supreme court will take up soon: Are the names of individual donors to public university foundations public under the state open records law?
Student journalists at a Des Moines university reported to campus police hundreds of copies of their newspaper were vandalized when somebody drenched them in water and scattered them outside the newspaper’s office on Thursday.
Stephen Koenigsfeld, editor-in-chief, and Mark Witherspoon, adviser, found 1,900 copies of Wednesday’s issue thrown in trash cans across Iowa State University’s campus, which amounts to $3,000 lost in advertising and approximately $1,100 in printing costs, Witherspoon said.
Administrators at Muscatine Community College also took actions to remove The Calumet’s full-time faculty adviser and replace him with a part-time adjunct instructor, modify the fall 2015 class schedule “to marginalize the journalism program” and reduce funding to the program, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
A small group of student journalists have raised almost $4,000 so far to start an independent newspaper after facing harassment and intimidation from administrators for articles published in their college newspaper.
The judge wrote that the student journalists did not show enough evidence of retaliation or intimidation to proceed with a preliminary injunction against the college.
A college employee is accused of wrongdoing, and fights to keep his job. Rather than drag out the hostilities, both sides agree on a buyout, and the employee quietly goes away.
Or maybe it's the other way around.
Violating state open records laws could actually cost you a lot of money, officials in Washington and Iowa have learned this month.
First, the University of Washington was ordered last week to pay more than $720,000 in fines for withholding 12,000 pages of public records from a former professor who wanted to see whether she was wrongfully denied tenure at the University of Washington's Tacoma campus because of her gender or heritage.
The justice system increasingly is being asked to intercede in unpleasant social interactions involving young people that, once upon a time, used to get settled through a stern lecture and a parental conference.
In Pennsylvania, police charged a 15-year-old with the crime of "disorderly conduct" for secretly recording students bullying him during school, a case that prosecutors recently withdrew after a public outcry.
And in Iowa, an Allamakee County high school student was hauled into juvenile court and adjudicated "delinquent," the equivalent to a conviction in adult criminal court, for insulting remarks ("you fat, skanky bitch") that she yelled at a rival student while exiting the school bus.
In a victory for judicial restraint, the Iowa student's case was overturned April 16 by the Iowa Court of Appeals, which reached the common-sense decision that not every upsetting remark can be criminalized as "harassment."
In its ruling, the Court of Appeals found that Iowa's criminal harassment statute -- which outlaws speech that is intended, without legitimate purpose, to "threaten, intimidate or alarm" -- cannot be violated by mere insults.