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Notable journalism issues as we prepare for summer

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As we get ready for summer vacation,  several First Amendment issues are worth noting.

The 14-judge Third Circuit U.S. Appeals Court heard a replay of two decisions about the extent of schools’ ability to punish students for speech outside schools.

The First Amendment Coalition posted coverage of the hearing.

In Texas a journalism teacher resigned after administrators censored an editorial on legalization of marijuana, citing Supreme Court rulings allowing censorship. Evidently, administrators did not completely read the Morse v. Frederick decision, particularly the Alito statements about political speech.

In a related First Amendment story, a South Dakota court ruled Hazelwood could be used to justify imposing uniform cap-and-gown dress at graduation.

And, in non-scholastic coverage, a Republican lawmaker introduced legislation to license journalists.

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