ERIC Number: ED350610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Contextual First Amendment Rights: Perceptions of Teachers and Administrators in the Age of Hazelwood.
Olaye, Imafidon M.; Malandrino, Lynne E.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the 1988 Supreme Court decision on the attitudes and behavioral intentions of high school principals and publication advisers. In the Hazelwood School District versus Kuhlmeier decision, the court held that, as the publisher of a school newspaper, a public school may exercise substantial control over contents of student articles, whenever this action is reasonably consistent with the legitimate educational mission of the school. Questionnaires were returned by 178 principals and 145 school newspaper advisers in the state of New Jersey, for a response rate of 39% and 33% respectively. Significant differences were found between administrators and advisers, as well as between public and private high schools. Results indicated that: (1) principals accepted their censorship role by expressing the right to control school publications and exercising prior restraint; (2) principals supported the Hazelwood decision, students' right to freedom of expression, and were more satisfied with the quality of their schools' publications than were advisers; and (3) 82.47% of the public high school employees supported the Hazelwood decision and prior restraint, while only 17.53% of the private school employees did. (Fourteen references and three appendixes of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Advisers; Advisor Role; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier; New Jersey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).