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New York City Deadline Club Overwhelmingly Supports Student Journalist Free Speech Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY, February 2018 -The Deadline Club of New York is calling upon the New York State Legislature to stop school-based censorship and restore students’ rights to free speech under the First Amendment. The club’s unanimous vote of support for the proposed legislation, known as the Student Journalist Free Speech Act, is an important step in the statewide effort for passage of the bill, Senate 7721/ Assembly 9801, during the current legislative session. Thirteen U.S. states have laws that give students full First Amendment rights, essentially reversing the 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier that allows school officials to freely censor student-run publications because they are not “forums for public expression.” Restrictions ...
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