Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog

5.16.2007

A National Groundswell of Support for Student Press Rights

By Shawn Healy
On the heels of a disappointing defeat of legislation to strengthen student press rights at the high school and college level in Washington State, Oregon passed a student free expression bill of its own (HB-3279) late last evening. The final tally in the House was 39 yes, 16 no, 4 absent, and 1 excused. In an evenly split legislature, 31-29 Democrat to Republican, this development is a sign that Oregon was able to overcome the partisanship that has stymied such efforts elsewhere (not a single Republican supported the Washington bill). Also, school board and administrator organizations chose to support the legislation in Oregon as opposed to their substantial opposition in Washington (the efforts of paid lobbyists here were too extensive for the Washington chapter of the JEA to overcome).

The Oregon bill now heads to the State Senate with a 7-seat Democratic advantage (18-11). Insiders say it has a strong chance of passing, placing Oregon alongside 6 other states with strong student press rights (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, and Massachusetts). Check out the J-Ideas web site for more extensive coverage and analysis.

As for for Washington, Representative Dave Upthegrove has promised to reintroduce the same legislation in 2008, Michigan is currently considering similar legislation (stuck in Senate committee), and Indiana, Vermont, and North Carolina are considering legislative initiatives of their own.

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SHAWN HEALY

Managing Director

McCormick Freedom Project

Shawn is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations associated with the McCormick Freedom Project. Additionally, he serves as the in house content expert and voice of museum through public speaking and original scholarship. Before joining the Freedom Project, he taught American Government, Economics, American History, and Chicago History at Community High School in West Chicago, IL and Sheboygan North High School in Wisconsin.

Shawn is a doctoral candidate within the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his MA in Political Science. He is a 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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