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30 years since Hazelwood: Why the First Amendment matters

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On Jan. 12 1988, the decision that would change the fate of high school journalists around the country took place at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. In a 5-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Hazelwood School District in the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier case giving schools the right to prior review school-sponsored publications. Jan. 12th will mark the 30th anniversary of this decision. Across the nation, student publications are continuing a now 30-year-long fight for full access to their First Amendment rights. Currently, 37 states in the U.S. allow school administrations to censor student-run newspapers. But 37 is too many. At KHS, despite being one of 37, we are lucky to have administration that supports our student-run publications by restricting prior review, and in celebration of our rights as student journalists, TKC prepared a list of our past coverage of the First Amendment and its significance to us.

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