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A dean's proposal to scrap the print edition of California State University at Long Beach's campus paper and move it online has stirred controversy among faculty and students and might have led to the removal of the chairman of the journalism department.
After three years in the courts, Occidental
College and former student radio show host Jason Antebi reached a settlement in
Antebi's case -- which alleged that college officials defamed him and that the college violated his free-speech rights by firing him -- the
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced in an Oct. 19 press release. The exact terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Stuart Tochner, outside counsel for Occidental, told the Los Angeles Daily News that the settlement was for a nominal sum, and that Occidental admitted no wrongdoing.
A federal magistrate said he will temporarily bar
San Francisco State University and the 22 other California State University
system campuses from enforcing certain provisions of the student conduct code
that he ruled could be used to punish students for Constitutionally protected
Several students were suspended from
Grover Cleveland High School Friday for wearing T-shirts that opposed the
confiscation of their newspaper, Le Sabre.
A Redding newspaper received Friday five pages from a 90-page investigative conduct report regarding parents' complaints about two football coaches -- an excerpt that one editor termed
"worthless" for its lack of detail.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined
to grant a hearing sought by the Novato Unified School District, letting stand a
May 2007 California Court of Appeals decision that a former high school student
journalist was wrongfully disciplined by the administration over a controversial
A federal judge on Feb. 11 ruled for the
second time that the Poway Unified School District did not violate a former
student's rights to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion when
officials punished him for wearing an anti-gay T-shirt.
A new bill introduced Thursday in
California's Senate would protect high school and college journalism
advisers' careers from being jeopardized because of student speech.
The California State University system is
amending its student conduct code to settle a lawsuit filed last summer by San
Francisco State's College Republicans organization.
Speakers at the University of
California at Davis Law Review Symposium on Friday will attempt to answer
questions regarding free speech in public schools, an issue for which some think
the Supreme Court has provided unclear guidance.
Attorneys for a student who was punished
by Poway High School officials for wearing an anti-gay T-shirt to school are
asking a federal appeals court to declare unconstitutional a school policy
against offensive speech under which the student was punished.
Newspaper thefts occurred at four college campuses last week, ranging from
a few hundred to several thousand missing copies.
The state Senate passed a bill Monday that would
ensure public access to information about government contracts.
The Journalism Teacher Protection Act
passed the state Senate Monday on a 35-2 vote, bringing high school and college
journalism advisers in California one step closer to being protected against
administrators who retaliate against them for student speech.
Student editors at Eureka High School are
waiting for a decision from their principal on whether they will be allowed to
reprint about 400 copies of the April Redwood Bark to replace copies the
principal ordered removed from distribution bins.
Two student newspapers last week
successfully fought off subpoenas seeking unpublished materials as evidence in
unrelated criminal cases.
Student editors at Eureka High School will not be permitted to reprint the April issue of the Redwood Bark -- which the principal ordered removed from the racks three days after it was published -- but they will be included in the reformation of school publication policies.
A bill to protect journalism advisers was unanimously passed by the California Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
A high school newspaper in Redding is facing the
chopping block after students chose to publish a photo of a burning flag and an
editorial about freedom of expression in the paper's last issue of the school
Shasta High School will have a journalism class
next year after all, even though the school principal planned to eliminate the
course after The Volcano ran a photo of students burning an American