Winter 1998-99

Who will teach the "teachers?"

Emboldened, perhaps, by their seeming omnipotence, some school officials in the post-Hazelwood era have trained their sights on new ground. Read more

A new day in the battle for access

The fight to give the public more access to campus crime information got a shot in the arm after Congress passed 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act. Read more

College editors anticipate putting new law to use

When newspaper editor Jennifer Stanley first heard that one of the school’s student leaders allegedly hit his girlfriend last fall, she wanted to find out more. Read more

Congress extends copyright protection

The owners of copyrights will now have an additional 20 years to claim protection of their works under a new law enacted this fall. Read more

New law raised in Ohio judicial record scase

Defense attorneys representing the Chronicle of Higher Education are hoping that recent amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, will help bolster their case concerning access to school disciplinary records. Read more

Calif. law will require details of law enforcement

A provision signed into law last summer could give California college students a better understanding of how their school handles criminal incidents and might result in greater access to details about those crimes. Read more

Md. opens athelete parking ticket records

Information about unpaid parking tickets of student athletes and coaches as well as information about related NCAA violations must be open to the public, Maryland’s high court ruled in December. Read more

Judge's order against publishing juvenile names rejected on appeal

A trial court’s ruling that prevented a commercial newspaper from printing the names of juveniles who testified during an open court proceeding was an “unlawful prior restraint on the press,” determined the state’s highest court in November. Read more

Underground editor succeeds in battle

The editor of an alternative high school newspaper was given permission to distribute his publication on campus following a well-publicized dispute with school officials in which approximately 500 papers were confiscated. Read more

Mo. students sue school after adviser is removed

Staff members of a Missouri high school newspaper filed a First Amendment suit against their school in October after school officials removed their newspaper adviser. Read more

Hawaii board proposes mandatory prior review

While state legislatures continue to introduce proposals to protect the free press rights of students, the state department of education in Hawaii may be moving in the opposite direction. Read more

Anti-Hazelwood legislation up again in 1999

Legislators in at least five states have indicated they will sponsor bills in sessions this year that will counteract the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, which cut back on the First Amendment protections given high school journalists. Read more

School board restores journalism class

In a unanimous decision, the Brocton School Board decided to restore the journalism class as part of the English curriculum at Brocton High School. Read more

"Disrespect" charges dropped

Charges brought against a high school student newspaper adviser accused of being disrespectful by school administrators because she supported student press freedom were dropped in mid-November. Read more

Yearbook memorial approved after controversy

When Meadville Area High School student Brooke Kneeland died of leukemia last May, friends wanted to pay tribute to her by placing an ad with her picture and two poems in the school’s yearbook. Read more

Television policy controversy continues

chool officials at Blair High School who pulled a controversial student-produced television show more than two years ago are still in the process of developing broadcast regulations and guidelines. Read more

Student suspended from newspaper after editorial slams footballsquad

If writing for a newspaper was considered a football game, Joseph Oladiji would have to dig deep in his playbook repertoire to figure out his next plan of attack. Read more

Cops confiscate fight film

Two high school student reporters in Denver got a close-up look at the strong arm of the law in late November when a police officer confiscated the film they were using to take photographs in the school parking lot. Read more

Libel, harassment charges dropped

A 15-year-old high school student zapped with charges of criminal libel and harassment by school administrators for his production of an underground newspaper had both allegations dropped. Read more

Fla. teacher sues students for libel

A high school teacher at Leon High School in Tallahassee is contending that Low Life hit her below the belt. Read more

Former Arizona athlete pursues newspaper, school

An investigative article outlining one student-athlete’s smooth athletic college career, despite stormy weather in the form of bad grades, has landed The Kansas City Star and the University of Arizona in a Los Angeles federal court. Read more

Court rejects term paper ad claim

Boston University’s lawsuit against companies that sell term papers over the Internet was thrown out by a federal judge in December. But university officials say they will refile the case in state court. Read more

California adopts law against unauthorized ad inserts

Unauthorized advertising does not have a home in the folds of Golden State newspapers anymore. Read more

Supreme Court denies final court hearing for teacher

The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Oct. 5 to hear the appeal of a North Carolina high school drama teacher who was involuntarily transferred from her job after community members complained about a play performed by her advanced acting class. Read more

Idaho judge ungags teachers

An Idaho state court judge ruled in October that a school district’s policy prohibiting teachers from talking with the media during the school day was unconstitutional. Read more

College Hazelwood case set for March 18 hearing

College journalists may want to keep their fingers crossed but they should probably not hold their breath. Read more

Iowa school must pay fees for restricting distribution

Iowa State University was forced to pay The Ames Daily Tribune $86,769 by a federal court to help bear the burden of legal expenses associated with a lawsuit against the school. Read more

Outcry concerning controversial cartoon temporarily haltspaper's production

A cartoon depicting allegations of school misconduct contributed to a halt of the presses at Neumann College in Aston. Read more

Court says students can refuse to pay for 'political' expression

A federal appellate court has ruled that students have the right to refuse to fund “political or ideological” student groups whose views are at odds with their own. Read more

Explicit rap song finally leads to FCC fine

A New York university was issued a $4,200 fine by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for playing a sexually explicit rap song over the airwaves of its student-run radio station. Read more

Conservative paper regains recognition

It would take more than the arguments of a conservative student newspaper to win back status as a recognized student publication. Read more

Fla. students respond to cancellation by creating new paper

If you can’t beat ‘em, try something else. Read more

Student senate at Univ. of Rhode Island freezes funds

Staffers at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) student paper were forced to scramble for money to publish after the student government moved to temporarily freeze the publication’s funding following the running of a controversial cartoon. Read more

Thieves swipe papers over controversial stories, ads

Nearly 3,000 copies of The Georgetown Academy, a student paper at Georgetown University, were stolen Oct. 8. Read more

Political candidate sentenced for theft

A Deschutes County Commission candidate was convicted of stealing approximately 2,000 copies of a free paper in October and ordered to pay restitution to the publisher. Read more