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Rhode Island lawmakers held a last-minute vote Thursday and unanimously passed two identical New Voices bills in the House and the Senate, then ratified the House version late Friday. Unless the governor vetoes it, House Bill 5550 will make Rhode Island the thirteenth state with a statute protecting student journalists.
In a brief filed Monday, the SPLC and seven national press-freedom organizations argue that a federal district judge erred in concluding that a public university can discontinue funding for student media anytime for any reason, even if motivated to punish the editors for unwanted viewpoints.
Missouri high school principal Winston Rogers has made an invaluable contribution to the advancement of student journalism.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan has no paper trail of judicial rulings on the First Amendment, but her academic writings suggest that she appreciates the need for robust constitutional protection of speech on campus, even when the words may be hurtful or offensive.
In a 1996 article published in the University of California-Davis Law Review, then-Associate White House Counsel Kagan zeroed in on the constitutional flaws in an anti-discrimination code promulgated by Stanford University.
Despite eighty years of contrary U.S. Supreme Court precedent, a Wyoming judge has restrained a newspaper from publishing lawfully obtained information about a local college -- on the grounds of the college's bogus claim of "student privacy."
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Laramie County District Judge Peter G.
Monday's Supreme Court ruling that colleges need not subsidize student groups that refuse to admit members with disfavored religious beliefs taps into deeply felt emotions, and reactions understandably will be based on the outcome and not the journey.
A student expelled from a Georgia university for challenging the then-university president’s decision to spend $30 million of student fee money to build two campus parking garages has won his lawsuit against the school.
On Friday, a federal district court judge in Georgia found that former Valdosta State University President Ronald Zaccari acted illegally in 2007 when he ordered former VSU student T.
Principals who are asking courts, legislatures and school boards to grant them unchecked authority to regulate what students say on social-networking sites during their off-hours may be swimming against the tide of public opinion.
Just in time for Constitution Day, our friends at the First Amendment Center are out with their annual "State of the First Amendment" poll, a telephone survey of 1,003 adults nationwide taken between July 28 and Aug.
If you’re the kind of person who pays attention to court opinions about First Amendment lawsuits, you’ll probably remember the 2007 dissent written by Chief Judge Dennis G.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several strands of First Amendment jurisprudence converged during Tuesday morning’s oral argument in Schwarzenegger v.
The parents of two middle school students sued a Pennsylvania school district Monday over its ban of the controversial "I Heart Boobies" cancer awareness bracelets.
The suit alleges that the Easton Area School District violated the free expression rights of the two girls, identified in court documents as "B.H." and "K.M.," when it banned students from wearing the bracelets last month.
The case might seem unremarkable on the surface. It centers on a cheerleader at Silsbee High School -- the only high school in a Southeast Texas community numbering some 7,000 people.
Oh, that First Amendment karma. When it bites back, it bites back hard.
Darrel Hammon of Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., comes from the land of bighorn sheep.
If it is true that "coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous," then America's young people have been handed a Christmas blessing that, as with so many blessings, comes disguised as a lump of coal.
It is difficult not to see divine providence in the confluence of Dec.
In a ruling that breaks with the prevailing approach of federal courts, Montana's highest court has limited the ability of public schools to dictate what students can say in addressing graduation ceremonies.
The Montana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling in Griffith v.
When is a speech for a student government office disruptive? When it’s effective, at least according to Edmonds-Woodway High School administrators.
I don't talk much about my high school years, typically.
I went to high school in Chesterland, Ohio, near Kent State University's Geauga campus. If you've never been to Northeast Ohio, the best way I can describe it is to say that it's a great place to be from.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 27 in a First Amendment case with exceedingly high stakes for the legality of open-government statutes across the country.
If the Court agrees with the reasoning of the Nevada Supreme Court in the case of Commission on Ethics of the State of Nevada v.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been called lots of things, especially lately. But whether you love him or hate him, one hopes there’s one label he wouldn't be very proud of: newspaper thief.
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Two student editors from Overland High School in Colorado will be honored by next week by the Iowa State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Lori Schafer and Jaclyn Gutierrez say principal Leon Lundie shut down their newspaper and removed their adviser after they wrote a story about a student who died.