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The Dade County, Fla., school board has reaffirmed its support for a 10-year-old policy that bars administrators from exercising editorial control over student publications.

Student-press experts view the policy as one of the most supportive in the nation for student journalists. But several conflicts in recent months between student newspapers and principals in Dade County led administrators to form a task force to re-examine the policy. (See Education Week, Feb. 2, 1994.)

However, that panel's work essentially was precluded when the school board voted at a Feb. 2 meeting to maintain the ban on prior review by administrators. The board voted 5 to 0, with two members absent, after hearing from some of the more than 100 student journalists who attended the meeting.

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