News What a Cool Bill
posted by January 19 at 14:25 PMon
A recent Knight Foundation survey found that 49% of high schoolers agreed with this statement: “It is OK for the government to censor the news.”
Rep. Dave Upthegrove (D-33, Sea Tac, Des Moines), who’s obsessed with civics (I get the impression he thinks he got a shitty high-school education when it came to learning about citizenship), has a bill that would prevent high-school and college adminstrations from censoring news and editorial opinion in school newspapers.
Certainly, the papers don’t have free reign to print libel, or publish an unwarranted invasion of privacy, or create imminent danger, but Upthegrove’s bill ensures that students’ rights to freedom of the press are not trammeled by, you know, adminstrators who, kissing up to weirdo parents, tend to censor Al Gore movies and stuff.
Read the whole bill, it’s cool. Here’s an excerpt:
The legislature finds that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental principles in our democratic society granted to every citizen of this state and the nation by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and by Article 1, section 5 of the state Constitution. These freedoms provide all citizens, including students, with the right to engage in robust and uninhibited discussion of issues. The legislature finds that court decisions have not provided adequate protection for the free speech and free press rights of students. The legislature intends to ensure free speech and free press protections for both high school and college students in the state in order to encourage students to become educated, informed, and responsible members of society.