Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Iowa High Court Sides With Student Journalists on Principal

State Seal of Iowa.Image via WikipediaThe Waukon High School newspaper's faculty advisor was wrongly disciplined by administrators after the student paper published articles that offended the principal, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled this week.

The High Court declined to review an Iowa Appeals Court decision ordering the Allamakee Community School District to expunge reprimands placed in the advisor's file, according to an Associated Press report.  Iowa thus joins a handful of states, including Illinois and "TUOL" 's home base of Massachusetts, that accord student journalists greater press freedom, according to the Student Press Law Center.

The case is Lange v. Diercks & the Allamakee Community School District (Case No. 1-587/11-0191).
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