Prior review in the high school newspaper
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The high school newspaper provides an ideal forum for students to develop criticalthinking skills, an essential component of education. However, a 1988 Supreme Court ruling inHazelwood v. Kuhlmeier legalized the practice of prior review, giving high school administratorsthe right to review student-produced publications before they are released. Administrators whopractice prior review fail to recognize the value of high school journalism and its powerful rolein the education and development of the student.Newspaper advisers were invited to complete an online survey regarding thedemographics, perceptions, and practices of the newspaper they advise. The results show astrong correlation between prior review and adviser censorship. The adviserÕs perception onprior review and the newspaperÕs mission also affects whether their newspaper is subjected toprior review, and if they are likely to censor student content themselves.