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Red & Black board agrees to give student board members voting rights

(08/12/13 4:19pm)

A year ago this week, staff of The Red & Black walked out in protest of policies they believed threatened student editorial control. For several days, students and the board of directors, which runs the independent nonprofit newspaper, found themselves at an impasse — culminating with a tense "open house" meeting where the paper's then-general manager got in an altercation with a student journalist covering the event.






Student Voice launches "Digital Backpack" to help students learn about their rights

(08/21/13 2:28pm)

Today, Student Voice launched its "Digital Backpack," a set of guides for students, educators and community members who want to have a voice "in the decisions that impact their lives." If you subscribe to SPLC's magazine, the Report, you might recognize Student Voice from Daniel Moore's story in our most recent issue. Student Voice evolved out of Twitter chats between students all over the world, and now they're working to elevate students' voices everywhere. The "Digital Backpack" is a great starting point for students who want to participate in conversations about how education impacts them, and includes a guide to student rights written by SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte. Explore the entire guide here.


The price of censorship? For Chicago State, try $213,231.98

(08/28/13 4:16pm)

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." --Derek Bok, Harvard president, 1971-91 Unjustly firing a newspaper adviser and running off its editor-in-chief wasn't just costly to Chicago State University's reputation. A federal court ordered the university to pay $2,502.48 in court costs and $210,729.50 in attorney's fees after finding that professor Gerian Steven Moore and student editor George Providence II were unlawfully fired in violation of the First Amendment. U.S.