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Free Speech No Longer Ends at the Schoolhouse Gates

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by Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center The McCormick Foundation talked with Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) , on a bill recently signed by the Illinois Governor that protects First Amendment rights for high school journalists in the state. The bill would reverse the effects of the 1988 Supreme Court case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier , a decision that gave high school administrators the power to censor school-sponsored content if they had a “reasonable educational justification.” McCormick: Tell us about the new law that was passed in July 2016 to protect high school journalists from censors. LoMonte: In July, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law (HB 5902) that protects high school journalists against censorship. The new mandate, introduced by Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-39), a former journalist, also prevents school administrators from retaliating against school employees for protecting a student journal