Washington State Becomes 14th in Nation to Sign Student Journalist Protections

Washington State Becomes 14th in Nation to Sign Student Journalist Protections

The Washington State Legislature signed the New Voices Act today, earning a victory for student journalists for their First Amendment rights.

The New Voices Act removes the requirement for school administrators to review student media before they are published. This marks the fourth attempt by student journalists in Washington to challenge Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, a 1988 Supreme Court decision that put certain restrictions and censors on student media in regards to publishing.

Washington now joins 13 other states that have passed laws guaranteeing First Amendment rights to school publications.

For more information, read this article from the Seattle Times.

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