A Thank You to North Carolina’s Educational Journalists – The First Amendment and Working on Independence Day


Do not let it be lost on us that journalism may be one of the very things that saves us from our lawmakers, especially the ones who are assaulting public education in the manner that they do in Raleigh.


So when Mark Johnson’s office released it’s infantile response to an earlier missive by the SBOE revealed its paranoid viewpoint and slight grip on reality, it also showed its fear of journalism.

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“NCSBE Also Seeks to Ruin 4th of July Vacation for Education Reporters”

In a political climate that often screams “FAKE NEWS!” and constantly berates the freedom of the press, it just might be the journalists who save the day. Those who report on the educational terrain here in North Carolina are doing great work and providing an invaluable service.

And they remind us of the power of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Teachers have the freedom of speech in advocating for public schools. Educational journalists have the right to report what the public deserves to know.

And this teacher thanks educational journalists for their work on July 4th’s and all other days.