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Pennsylvania drops plan that threatened freedom of student journalists

(05/01/02 12:00am)

The Pennsylvania state board of education, after being heavily criticized by newspapers across that state, has decided not to tamper with regulations protecting the rights of student journalists. The announcement, which came at a hearing held May 15 in Harrisburg, ends months of lobbying by high school journalists, advisers and professional newspapers.

Univ. of Texas at Tyler reinstates student newspaper adviser

(05/01/02 12:00am)

The University of Texas at Tyler this month reinstated Vanessa Curry as the student newspaper adviser, two weeks after she was told her contract would not be renewed. The university's decision on May 3 followed efforts by the national Society of Professional Journalists and the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication to restore Curry in her position as adviser and journalism lecturer.

Two Houston area schools censor stories about gay students

(05/01/02 12:00am)

Articles about homosexuality were pulled from student publications at two Houston area high schools when administrators deemed the content too controversial. The student newspaper at Hastings High School in Houston and the yearbook at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy both had planned articles addressing the struggles of being a homosexual student.

A new college Hazelwood case; Illinois attorney general argues that high school censorship standard applies to college press

(05/01/02 12:00am)

Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan suggests, in a court brief filed by his office, that student journalists at the college level should face the same First Amendment restrictions as high school students. Ryan filed the brief in early May, on behalf of an administrator at Governors State University in a lawsuit brought by student editors of the campus newspaper.

Judge says student journalist can keep his sources confidential

(01/01/03 12:00am)

Student journalists have the same federal protections against being forced to reveal confidential sources as their professional counterparts, a federal district judge ruled in December.The decision granted Pinchas Shapiro, a student editor of The Commentator at Yeshiva University, the right to maintain the confidentiality of sources he used in an article regarding a teacher's lawsuit against the Jewish institution. The teacher, Diane Persky, claimed university officials practiced religious discrimination when they demoted her and restricted her from participating in recruiting trips to Israel.

Univ. of Texas sues attorney general to challenge disclosure of security camera information

(01/01/03 12:00am)

The University of Texas filed a lawsuit Jan. 15 against the Texas Attorney General, challenging its ruling that would require almost complete disclosure of documents relating to campus surveillance cameras.In October, the University of Texas at Austin student newspaper, The Daily Texan, requested information pertaining to the location, operating hours, technical specifications and cost of the cameras, along with the contracts of companies that sold and operated them.

Texas high school apologizes for reprimanding student that wrote letter to editor of local newspaper

(12/01/02 12:00am)

A student who sued his school district after he was scolded for writing a letter to the editor of the local paper has agreed to an out-of-court settlement.An agreement was reached after Crosbyton High School student Justin Latimer, his parents, school officials and their lawyers met this month.