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Misapplying federal privacy law, education agencies have been withholding access to data when the data involves a small group of students, even where nothing about the data is matchable to a known individual. That should happen less frequently after a Louisiana court's favorable resolution of an unusual public-records lawsuit.
Maryland becomes the 10th state with heightened statutory protection for student journalists, and one of the few to expressly protect journalism educators against retaliation.
Students at Florida's Valencia College who complained about being forced to serve as test subjects for vaginal ultrasound exams will get their day in court, after a three-judge federal appeals panel restored their First Amendment claim and sent the case back for trial.
Attorney Ronald McGuire was dragged through multiple rounds of appeals by the College of Staten Island and the New York attorney general's office representing editors of a college newspaper, but will have only $56,000 to show for 19 years of legal work.
For the second year, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution at this year's Excellence in Journalism conference in support of New Voices press freedom legislation across the country.
Daryl Khan was arrested for filming in a New York City courthouse in June, and a judge recently dismissed the charges against the journalist.
Northern Kentucky University has repeatedly insisted that the FERPA privacy statute forbids disclosure of any information about how it responds to students' claims of sexual assault, but a U.S. district judge has now sanctioned the university's legal counsel for over-reliance on FERPA to obstruct a student's Title IX lawsuit.