Times: Schools back off on policing student papers

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by BRIAN M. ROSENTHAL / The Seattle Times

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Posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Seattle Public Schools officials on Monday withdrew a proposal to give principals oversight over school newspapers after students and activists raised concerns that it would harm free speech.

District administrators and board members jointly agreed to table the proposed policy, which the board was set to vote on Dec. 7, and revisit it next year to ensure that it "better reflects the community's values," according to a news release.

The policy would have allowed principals to read copies of school papers before publication and intervene if they thought the content was libelous, obscene or "not in keeping with the school's instructional mission and values," among other criteria.

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