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New Voices of Vermont is a movement to guarantee student journalists in the state the freedom to report without fear of consequence. Chris Evans in Burlington (bychrisevans@icloud.com) is the primary contact person to volunteer to get involved in the movement or for news updates.

Senate Bill 18 was filed on Jan. 12, 2017, by Sen. Jeanette White and referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

An array of educators and students testified in support of the bill before the Education Committee, including student editors Jake Bucci and Alexandre Silberman. The Education Committee passed a slightly revised version on Feb. 7. The main change was removing protection for private educational institutions. The committee also clarified the grounds for which a K-12 school could censor student media to include “gratuitous profanity.”

The Senate unanimously approved the amended bill on Feb. 15, and it is now in the House Education Committee awaiting action.

The bill has received strong support from the student media, including:

OPINION: Protecting the Rights of Student Journalists

Freedom of Speech?

Editorial endorsements for SB 18 include the Caledonian Record.

The Vermont legislature convened on January 4, 2017 and stays in session throughout the year.

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