ERIC Number: ED116230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
First Amendment and the High School Press Adviser.
Driscoll, Carol K.
As journalism teacher-advisors become better trained and better organized professionally, they are more often following the lead of student journalists of the 1960s and clarifying their rights in court. Only two cases relevant to the advisor's First Amendment rights have been decided. Although both decisions were adverse to the advisors concerned, considerations other than First Amendment rights were of primary importance to the courts in each decision. Several out-of-court settlements have supported a trend toward granting advisors the same constitutional rights given students, and two pending cases should serve to further clarify the issue. However, taking a case to court may not always be the wisest resolution. Litigation is costly and time-consuming, and a compromise may be much more effective if reached out of court instead. The key element in any compromise is that the groups concerned should be well informed about what the high school press may and may not do, how those rights are supported by the First Amendment, and why such an amendment must be exercised in a free, democratic society--even on the high school level. (RB)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Faculty Advisers, Freedom of Speech, Journalism, Mass Media, Secondary Education, Student Publications
Sister M. Rita Jeanne, Secretary/Treasurer, JEA, Sisters of Perceptual Adoration, St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 ($1.50 member, $2.50 non-member)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Journalism Education Association.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment