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District considers speech policy for student journalists

December 26, 2018

BARTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district is considering a policy that would protect free speech for student journalists.

The Caledonian-Record reports the Lake Region Union High School board approved a measure last week. Other boards must adopt the rule before it becomes policy for the Orleans Central Supervisory Union. OCSU Superintendent Bev Davis says Vermont law requires the policy.

Under the policy, school-sponsored media won’t be censured “because it involves political or controversial subject matter or is critical of the school.” Libelous or obscene content won’t be protected.

Policy changes follow a September news story by students at Burlington High School about a guidance counselor who had been charged with misconduct. Administrators tried to block students from publishing the story.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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