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Would district’s censorship proposal have curtailed student free speech?


Seattle Public Schools officials reversed a proposal that would have given school principals oversight over school newspapers following days of backlash from the community, the Huffington Post reports. Under the proposal, originally slated for a Dec. 7 vote, “the school district has the authority to censure school-sponsored speech and other expressive activities bearing the imprimatur of the school (including student publications if reasonably related to a legitimate pedagogical concern and the censorship is viewpoint neutral.)” The move to crack down on school publications came after a libel lawsuit that stemmed from the district’s long-standing hands-off approach to free speech, according to the Student Press Law Center…

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