School district officials in Washington state denied a student reporter access to a press briefing on teacher contract negotiations on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Wenatchee School District scheduled a meeting with members of the local media to discuss the negotiations. When a reporter from the Apple Leaf, the school’s newspaper, arrived at the meeting, he was turned away by district officials who claimed student journalists monopolize too much of school officials’ time.
In a remarkable show of open dialogue, the district superintendent has since met with the student paper’s staff and apologized on behalf of the district. You can read more about this story at the Apple Leaf’s official page and the news feed for the Student Press Law Center.