Student Journalists Need Immunity?

first_imgResponse To Article Written By StateHouse Files Concerning Student Journalists Need Immunity?Analysis Of Article by Former State Representative Gail Riecken, CCO StateHouse EditorIt was refreshing to read the Statehouse File about the young high school journalist testifying before the House Education Committee. She was testifying in support of HB1016.If the bill becomes law, it would provide freedom of speech and freedom of press protections for student journalists in grades 7 through 12 and in state educational institutions.Anu Nattam, the presenter, is editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine. She was testifying because school officials were sending signals they might start censoring the magazine’s content.The conflict started when a school board member became upset over articles about LGBTQ+ interests, dating violence and finding a lasting relationship. ( Plainfield High School’s Dating Guide.)While I’m impressed with the student standing up for what she feels is right, I am equally impressed with the person who must be her teacher.Here is a teacher who I am certain must have weighed all the risks of helping students understand our present-day society. Let’s thank her for helping students deal with the realities that are with them every day.This bill is about immunity for journalism students, but it is also very much about setting up an environment where school administrators and teachers can offer the best educational experience for their students.HB1016 promotes an opportunity for great education.The vote on HB 1016 could go to the House floor as early as Tuesday. I hope the legislature makes what amendments are necessary and pushes this legislation on to the Senate.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sidney Central School District teacher makes masks for local fire/EMS & hospitals

first_imgOnce Race had the materials she needed to make them she made a template and used a standard hole punch to attach them to frames. When it came time to make the straps for the masks she used cut up shirts that were scraps. “I’m glad that Mrs. Race could utilize her time and school district resources and help out first responders and health workers in our Sidney community.” In a statement the Superintendent of the school Eben Bullock said, According to the school’s website their high school technology teacher Christine Race, is making masks using a 3D printer. The masks are created by using overhead transparency sheets from teachers who donated them. SIDNEY (WBNG)- A Sidney Central School teacher is now making masks for hospitals, fire departments and EMS departments in our area. To learn more about the coronavirus click here. She said she would like to continue to make more masks. Two dozen masks went to the UHS in Sidney, one dozen went to the Sidney EMS, Sidney Center EMS and Oxford EMS.last_img read more