El Rodeo Policy Statement
2016-2017 El Rodeo News Staff
El Rodeo is published monthly except during vacations by the El Rancho High School journalism class. The El Rodeo offices are located at 6501 S. Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660 in room X-1. The Gardena Valley News prints the paper.
California Education Code 48907
California Education Code 48907 (1977) acts as a counter to the Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988) Supreme Court ruling, which limited the freedom of speech granted to public high school newspapers. The Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision held that public school curricular student newspapers that have not been established as "forums for student expression" are subject to a lower level of First Amendment protection than independent student expression or newspapers established (by policy or practice) as forums for student expression. Ed Code 48907 affirms the right of high school newspapers to publish whatever they choose, so long as the content is not explicitly obscene, libelous, or slanderous. The newspaper content must also pass the minimal disruption test set forth in the Supreme Court ruling on Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). In contrast with Hazelwood, which limited First Amendment Protection to only those high school newspapers that had, through practice or policy, been established as forums for student expression, Ed Code 48907 affirms the right of all newspapers to the freedom of expression.
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