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Copyright law protects U. of Missouri course syllabi from public disclosure, state court rules

(09/02/14 6:00pm)

The University of Missouri System does not have to release course syllabi because they are protected by copyright laws, a state appellate court ruled last week — a decision the National Council on Teacher Quality plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.






N.H. student newspaper switches to online-only format after journalism program cut

(09/15/14 3:55pm)

The faculty adviser for Exeter High School’s student newspaper said he created the online-only format when the publication became an extracurricular activity and participation in the news organization declined. But the organization’s first plunge into the Web has largely been supported by the adviser and students.


Chicago Public Schools failed to respond to public records requests in a 'timely manner,' lawsuit alleges

(09/16/14 2:15pm)

The Better Government Association, a non-profit government watchdog group, and the NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, filed the suit on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court after the school district “willfully and intentionally violated FOIA by failing to respond to FOIA Requests.”


Student journalists not part of ‘working press’ barred from Ill. gubernatorial candidate’s press conference on medical marijuana

(09/16/14 7:18pm)

A press representative for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the Columbia College students and their professor, Curtis Lawrence, that the press conference on medical marijuana was open only to the “working press.” Rauner, who is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, would not talk to the students, either.




Boise State U., criticized for imposing 'security fees' for gun-rights event, agrees to revise speech policies

(09/18/14 1:37pm)

The policy granted university officials discretion to impose security fees on specific student organizations. The cost to hire the additional “security and/or law enforcement officers,” was then passed down to the organization sponsoring the event in the form of event costs.


Playwickian adviser, student editor receive nationwide support following suspensions

(09/18/14 5:16pm)

Along with editorials in high school papers in California and Missouri, and a silent show of solidarity at a high school in Texas, student editors in California have raised more than $1,100 in 24 hours to support the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School and its adviser.



Pa. Senate unanimously votes in favor of bill limiting public-records exemptions at ‘state-related’ universities

(09/24/14 8:34pm)

Members of the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that could require state-related universities to provide additional information to the public, bringing requirements closer in line with those of all other public agencies in the commonwealth.







New Jersey school board proposes new publications policies following principal's censorship

(09/30/14 2:18pm)

According to the proposed policy, the Highlands Regional High School District “may exercise editorial control over the style and content of student expression in school-sponsored publications.” The proposed revision would also require publications to “foster a wholesome school spirit and support the best traditions of the school,” train students in journalism and “assist with the district’s public information program.”