DROPOUT FACTORIES DON'T GET IGNORED. The administration at Chicago State would no doubt like its internal critics to go away. Making them go away by fiat is against the law.
As Inside Higher Ed reported, the federal district court denied both the plaintiffs' and the defendant administrators' motions for summary judgment, citing the need to resolve material disputes of facts. More importantly, in handing down its decision, the court expounded on the free speech protections afforded to university student newspapers under Illinois state law. Specifically, the court cited the Illinois College Campus Press Act, enacted by the state legislature following the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' 2005 decision in Hosty v. Carter, a case that undermined the expressive rights of student journalists on college campuses and has been strongly criticized by FIRE and other First Amendment advocates.
The case is still in progress. Blatant progressive intolerance at the fifty claimants to be the ten best universities might sell more magazines; blatant progressive intolerance at the state universities, whether land-grant, mid-major, or dropout factory, blights more lives.

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