Schools too quick to block the media

September 28, 2007

Armed with little more than a notebook and a press pass, journalists are used to being denied access to a range of locations where news breaks. From crime scenes to private property, members of the media are often turned away.

But in the case of public schools, reporters and photographers are armed with something more palpable—a penal code that grants them access. State law gives journalists the right to enter public school grounds and, furthermore, exempts them from having to register before doing so...