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June 18, 2010:

Fla. passes law preventing restriction of students' First Amendment rights (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 12:06 AM

FLORIDA -- Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill into law June 4 that is meant to prevent school districts from restricting the First Amendment rights of school employees or students without their consent.

The measure, House Bill 31, goes into effect July 1. It prevents districts from entering into...

June 11, 2010:

Controversial T-Shirt Sale Banned On School Campus (1 Comment)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 11:04 PM

VERONA, Wis. -- Some Verona Area High School students wanted to sell a T-shirt they said was designed to teach something about a controversial Arizona law and illegal immigration, but found themselves in the middle of a controversy. Student Katherine Huete said she didn't anticipate the uproar the shirts would spark. "I didn't think it […]

June 10, 2010:

Student's Art Censored At School (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 5:36 PM

A painting entered into the Lakewood High School Senior Art Show was causing controversy on Tuesday. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, but the painting wasn't on display Tuesday afternoon. That's because school officials took it down while school was in session, ONN's Cristin Severance reported. "I'm kind of hurt by it," said Tricia Olszewski, […]

June 9, 2010:

Scare tactics, blocking sites can be bad for kids (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 1:09 AM

Scaring children about the dangers of the Internet and blocking access to social-networking sites can do more harm than good, according to a report released Friday by a committee tasked by the U.S. government to explore online safety. Parents, teachers, government agencies, and other organizations should promote online citizenship and media-literacy education, and actively encourage […]

June 6, 2010:

Third Circuit rehears online speech cases (No Comments)Posted in: News by NewsBot @ 4:24 AM

PENNSYLVANIA – Two cases regarding student online speech were argued before the full Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today after two three-judge panels of the Third Circuit handed down conflicting opinions last February.

In the case of Layshock v. Hermitage School District, a ...

February 27, 2010:

Facebook gripes protected by free speech, ruling says (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:10 PM

A former Florida high school student who was suspended by her principal after she set up a Facebook page to criticize her teacher is protected constitutionally under the First Amendment, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Barry Garber's ruling, in a case viewed as important by Internet watchers, denied the principal's motion to dismiss the […]

February 22, 2010:

Aussies rebel over Internet censorship (1 Comment)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:21 PM

INTERNET HACKERS connected with the group Anonymous, which is better known for its attacks against Scientology, have launched a campaign against Australian government websites. The group is protesting against the Australian government's determination to censor its citizens' Internet connections. The government has indicated that as part of its censorship campaign all pictures of small breasted […]

February 13, 2010:

Pa. high school students form anti-censorship alliance (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:37 PM

Students of Council Rock High School South have united to form South Students Against Literary and Cinematic Censorship in order to combat attempts by some parents to limit media use in the curriculum. Ryan Carlin founded the group after parents petitioned the school board to ban R-rated films in the classroom. Carlin accumulated more than […]

February 12, 2010:

School system in Va. won't teach version of Anne Frank book (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 8:35 PM

Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank's diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes. "The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition," which was published […]

February 10, 2010:

Dictionary back in school after 'oral sex' flap (No Comments)Posted in: News by SoulRiser @ 2:45 PM

Calif. district had pulled all copies after parent complained about entry A California school district that pulled a dictionary from classrooms because it defined oral sex will allow it back on the shelves. A committee of parents, teachers and administrators decided on Tuesday to permit fourth- and fifth-graders at Oak Meadows Elementary School in Menifee […]

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