Students Get a Real Education on Newspapering

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The Orange County Register’s Scott Martindale wrote an important story about Konnie Krislock, a popular journalism adviser over at the Orange County High School of the Arts who was removed following a controversial story in the high school newspaper that delved into cafeteria contracts at the county’s largest charter school.

School administrators are denying any ties to the controversial story although they admit that it triggered some censuring in terms of delaying publication.

Apparently, the story that got school administrators keyed up looked into Long Beach-based Alegre Foods and its “Christian based” business philosophy.

The firing has landed on the radar of the state Senate, with Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, calling on regulators to check up on the high school because of the firing.

State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, is also raising red flags, saying he’s disappointed in the school’s decision.

First Amendment advocates aren’t happy with the school either, so it will be interesting to see how this fight turns out.

Either way, these students are getting an interesting and frank look at how ugly it can get in the trenches.



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