A bill introduced by state Rep. Don Myers, R-Derby, would require every school district in the state to set up three-member oversight committees to advise student publications on matters of content and “appropriateness.” In an Eagle editorial, we explain why this is a very bad idea. Myers says the committees would just offer advice, in an attempt to bring some “adult” perspective to editorial matters. But someone already has that job — the faculty adviser. State lawmakers should quit meddling in local school affairs.
The executive director of the Virginia-based First Amendment Center has weighed in against Myers’ bill, also noting with regret that “at many schools in many states, once-vigorous journalism programs are going away or gone, as emphasis has swung to math-science curricula at the expense of such ‘fringe’ activities as a student newspaper and yearbook, along with music and art programs.”
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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