Ever since the Supreme Court, in Tinker v. Des Moines, determined that students wearing black armbands and antiwar buttons as a form of protest was protected speech, controversies about First Amendment issues have divided school boards, student bodies, teachers, and parents.

Immediately after the landmark 1969 decision, courts across the country expanded student speech rights in a flurry of First Amendment cases. So, it might seem that student journalists seeking to publish their work on a school web site would have a good case for limiting school oversight.

School districts are rapidly expanding the use of...

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