SCH CD-FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the School Code. Gives public school students the right
to exercise freedom of speech and freedom of the press through
publication and distribution of expression in publications that are
school sponsored, whether or not the publications are supported
financially by the school, by the use of school facilities, or are
produced in conjunction with a class. Limits certain types of
expression such as expression that incites students to imminent
lawless action. Makes student editors of school-sponsored
publications responsible for determining the content of the
publications subject to prescribed limitations and standards.
Requires school boards to adopt a freedom of expression policy.
Protects school districts and officials that have not interfered with
or altered the content of student expression from civil or criminal
liability for expressions made or published by students. Authorizes
actions for injunctive or declaratory relief to enforce freedom of
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. 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, H-AM 1 (State Board of Education)
There should not be an increased fiscal burden for districts.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (SBE)
No change from SBE fiscal note.
Last action on Bill: TOTAL VETO STANDS
Last action date: 97-11-14
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 0
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