Burlington School District changes publishing policy

Published: Sep. 16, 2018 at 12:31 PM EDT
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A dispute between the principal of Burlington high school and student journalists has prompted the Burlington School district to step in.

Saturday, the school district announced all previously practiced or adopted guidelines regarding publications in the BHS Register are no longer in effect.

Earlier in the week, The Register broke the news about the school's guidance director, Mario Macias, being charged with unprofessional conduct by the Agency of Education.

Tuesday morning, that story was removed from its website. It was reposted later in the week.

On Friday, Burlington High School Principal Noel Green had announced that he was re-instituting a policy that required student journalists to submit articles for review 48 hours before publication.

Now, that policy is over.

The Burlington School Board says that "together with its administration, will adopt a written policy consistent with the provisions of the New Voices law."

The New Voices law is intended to ensure free speech and free press protections for public school students in order to encourage students to become educated, informed, and responsible members of society.