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January 25, 2018 By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Anu Nattam, editor-in-chief of Plainfield High School’s news magazine, told the House Education Committee Thursday that her staff, for the first time in 20 years, is facing censorship by the school’s administration.After publishing the first issue of the year, “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide,” Nattam said there was immediate and unexpected negativity from school leaders.The current name of the publication — The Shakeout — was not chosen by the staff. After their first issue in October, their principal noted that its original name — The Shakedown — had mafia connotations. He soon ordered them to find a new title.“So far, they’ve made pretty minor changes,” Nattam said. “But it’s going to be like a snowball effect. If they’re changing this now, what are they going to change later?”Though Nattam does not plan on becoming a professional journalist, she said her work still deserves the necessary freedom to capture the truth in student life.That is why she and dozens of students from Indiana high schools traveled to the Statehouse Thursday to hear and testify on House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany.HB 1016, which passed out of the committee by a 9-2 vote, would require administrators and student media advisers to set guidelines for student journalists and their publications.“This legislation leaves school officials with a high level of control. School officials hire the teachers and make the rules,” Clere said. “All this does is help ensure when students and teachers play by the rules, the important speech will not be censored just because it makes government officials uncomfortable because of the information or topics presented.”Clere said student journalists have a special importance to a school community in that they can capture the truth in the experiences of their peers.In The Shakeout‘s first issue, Nattam said some of these important issues included LGBTQ+ interests, dating violence and how to find a lasting relationship.“There was really nothing unlawful in that issue,” Nattam said. “But, because a school board member felt uncomfortable about it, now we are under prior review and have to show everything we publish to administrators, people who have no experience in journalism.”Plainfield Community Schools declined to comment on Nattam’s testimony.Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, told Nattam to be proud of defending her constitutional rights.Rep. Edward Clere, R-New Albany, listens to testimony on House Bill 1016, which he authored. Photo by Eddie Drews, TheStatehouseFile.com“I take it the reason you’re up here is that you’re upset your constitutional rights are being infringed,” Lucas said. “It’s good to see you and so many people up here fighting for your constitutional rights.”Dr. J.T. Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public Schools, offered a different perspective.“School-sponsored publications are a public relations tool, but without the guidance and oversight from the administration, a school-sponsored publication can become a public relations nightmare,” Coopman said.Lisa Tanselle, general counsel for the Indiana School Boards Association, echoed claims made by other organizations, saying a student’s rights should be limited because there are “alternative avenues” for voicing concerns to an administration, such as through social media.“We are talking about a balancing act,” Tanselle said. “No right is pure. The court has already struck that balance between the right of a student and the right of a school administrator.”Of the school representatives who testified, some said there is a harmonious relationship between administrators and student media in their schools.David Clark, the principal of Columbus North High School, said journalism programs can only thrive with a trusting administration.“Everyone believes that students should be responsible, so let’s create an environment where they can learn to do just that. Shouldn’t we proactively educate by creating an environment of thoughtfulness and trust? It works,” he said.Students of Plainfield High School students are among the many who turned out for HB 1016. Photo by Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.comThough only two members voted against HB 1016, several who voted yes raised concerns.Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, and Rep. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, both said they wanted to see more clarification in the bill’s language. Klinker proposed amending the bill to gain more support from administrators currently in opposition to HB 1016.Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, and Rep. Tony Cook, R-Cicero, voted no.While Cook voted yes on last year’s version of the bill, he changed his vote this session after saying HB 1016 does not do enough to unite administrators and student media.Last session, the bill’s predecessor passed in both the House Education Committee and in the House. It later died in the Senate.Clere said that HB 1016 is especially relevant this session. The Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision turns 30 this month, signaling a decades-long run for the landmark case that put high school journalism under a different set of rules.For Clare, the consequences of the Hazelwood decision deprive student journalists of a rigorous, real-world environment.“The stronger the censorship, the weaker the education,” Clere said.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FARMINGTON – County commissioners approved a plan Thursday morning to bring in staff from Somerset County into the Franklin County Regional Communications Center to assist over the next couple of weeks.CL Folsom, the communications director for Franklin County, is out on leave, according to County Clerk Julie Magoon. The agreement with Somerset County will bring some combination of Somerset County Communications Director Michael Smith and Communications Deputy Director Tammy Barker to the Franklin County dispatch center over the next two weeks.The offer for assistance was extended by Somerset County at no cost after the Sept. 16 explosion on the Farmington Falls Road, Magoon said.That explosion resulted in the destruction of the LEAP Inc. office building, the death of a Farmington Fire Rescue captain and severe injuries to several other firefighters and an employee of LEAP.The incident has created a number of other moving parts for the center, Magoon said. For example, some media organizations have requested transcripts for calls made on Sept. 16. The Somerset County personnel will be able to fill in for personnel on leave and assist with those requests, Magoon said.In other business, commissioners met Wednesday and decided against taking immediate action in regards to the plowing of roads in West Freeman. The commissioners separated roughly 8.7 miles of West Freeman roads from the Freeman and Salem Township roads last year, creating a separate contract that was awarded to a business on a contract at $38,000 per year. That business declined to renew after the first year, sending the county back out to bid on the West Freeman roads.Only one company got a bid in before this month’s deadline: Fenwick Construction LLC, a Freeman Township contractor that currently plows the Salem and Freeman Township roads and, prior to last year, also the West Freeman roads. Fenwick’s bid was more than double the previous contractor, resulting in commissioners balking at the price. Andrea Fenwick, appearing on behalf of the business that she runs with husband Tellis Fenwick, said that the increased cost include money to purchase equipment, bonding and worker-related expenses to get them back up and running on the West Freeman route.In addition to the increase, commissioners also expressed concern with the nature of the county’s five-year plowing contracts, which allow for the contractor to either renew or pull out after each year, but do not extend the same option to Franklin County.After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the issue until their Oct. 1 meeting. They also discussed the possibility of re-combining the Freeman/Salem Township contract with West Freeman.