Two legislators are already pushing for an amendment to remove the mandate altogether. Since a similar statute has already been on the books since 2002 allowing districts to hold a moment of silence at their own discretion, we're apparently back to square one. Stay tuned.
Out in the Rockies, Colorado State's Board of Student Communications, composed of both students and faculty, acted to cement their status as publisher of the student newspaper, the Collegian. Given the Board's relationship with the university, free press concerns of potential censorship emerge.
Remember, this is the paper where Editor Michael McSwane invoked a four letter word critical of President Bush and the unrelated tasering incident at the University of Florida. The Collegian is independently funded, but does rent office space from the university, and is subject to supervision from the BSC, partially composed of professors employed by a public university, thus implicating the First Amendment.
The BSC is set to meet on November 27th for final consideration of the proposed policy, and if adopted, hold tight, for more litigation may be in the works.