COWLISHAW-CURRIE, MCKEON, NOVAK, ERWIN, GASH, DELGADO.
SCH CD-FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the School Code. Provides that public high school
students have the right to exercise freedom of the press and that
expressions contained in a high school newspaper are not subject to
prior restraint except for expressions that are libelous, obscene, or
harmful to minors, constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy, or
incite students to imminent lawless action. Provides that the
governing board of a school district that publishes a high school
newspaper shall adopt a student freedom of expression policy. Adds
provisions relative to the responsibility of student editors of high
school newspapers and of journalism advisors. Authorizes injunctive
or declaratory relief actions to enforce rights provided by the
amendatory Act, provides that school districts are not required to
have a student newspaper and are not prohibited from adopting
otherwise valid rules relating to certain oral or other written
student materials, and adds a severability clause.
FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)
There will be no fiscal impact at the State level. Liability
costs to local school districts cannot be quantified.
STATE MANDATES NOTE (State Board of Education)
No change from SBE fiscal note.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Provides that the limitations on student expression shall be as
determined by the principal or designated school official. Provides
that the limitation on expression that so incites students as to cause
imminent lawless action shall instead be a limit on expression likely
to cause imminent lawless action. Provides that no expression made by
students shall be deemed to be an expression of school policy.
Removes the provision that makes student editors of newspapers
responsible for determining the advertising content of their
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: 01-01-09
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 0
END OF INQUIRY
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