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ERIC Number: ED341056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-5
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Post-Hazelwood Considerations for High School Publications Advisers.
Dvorak, Jack; Dilts, Jon Paul
Even though the high school publications adviser in the Hazelwood East High School Supreme Court case of 1983 was named as a petitioner with school officials, some litigation and much research indicates that advisers have often encountered administrators in an adversarial role. Because "Hazelwood" ruled that the school newspaper is part of the curriculum, an examination of federal and state court decisions focused on several issues: (1) the role of federal courts in content-control of school curricula; (2) the marketplace of ideas concept and the notion of academic freedom as applied to high school teachers; (3) the authority of schools in controlling the curriculum; (4) the conflicts that occur when school authorities' decisions conflict with teacher academic freedom; and (5) due process rights for teachers. From a teacher's point of view, the publication by journalistic tradition is a curricular tool for the practice of journalism, which includes protections provided by the First Amendment and the Constitution generally. When an administrator decides to censor such a curricular vehicle, it means that the state seems to be both violating its mandated curriculum and implementing a practice violative of the First Amendment, which it has been charged to protect in the schools. Designation of "Spectrum" (the student newspaper involved in the "Hazelwood" decision) as part of the curriculum might afford teacher-advisers a more substantial and reasonable First Amendment claim. (One-hundred eighty-two notes are included.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier