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Some of the extraordinary investigations and features from college and high school journalists over the past few months suggest that the future of journalism is in safe hands.

The latest: Student journalists from Lexington, Ky., took to their paper's editorial page over the weekend to report about being shunned from a Betsy Devos education roundtable the was marketed as "open press," The Washington Post reports.

Over the past two years, several examples of outstanding student journalism have made national headlines:

  • Students from the University of Chicago's independent paper The Chicago Maroon broke a story last month about a University Administrator allegedly favoring donors’ children for internship funding over students in need.
  • Students at Brown University uncovered a scandal in February. Breaking the news via their local paper, The Providence Journal, the students exposed exclusive dinners hosted by trustee emeritus and major donors that favored students that came from rich or elite families.
  • Students from Burlington High School in Vermont last year posted a story to their school newspaper website about a school employee facing state charges for unprofessional conduct. The papers' editors were asked by the school principal to remove the article when it was getting pickup online. They wrote about the request to censor their article, which forced the school to change its media policies.

Go deeper: A Trump effect at journalism schools? Colleges see a surge in admissions via The Washington Post.

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Judge temporarily blocks South Carolina ban on school mask mandates

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked South Carolina's ban on mask mandates in schools, ruling that it discriminated against students with disabilities and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Why it matters: As mask bans extend to public schools around the country, parents and disability rights activists have sounded alarm bells. The ruling may signal the outcomes of legal fights playing out across the country.

DeSantis takes legal action against Biden efforts on immigration

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took legal action on Tuesday to try to stop the Biden administration's immigration plans.

Why it matters: The Republican governor, who is running for re-election next year and is possibly eyeing a 2024 presidential bid, is picking a high-profile fight with Biden while re-upping his hardline stance on immigration.

Left: Senate's threat "insane"

The famously press-shy Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaks briefly with reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) lambasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Tuesday, saying "it's insane" that "one senator" is blocking attempts to settle on a palatable figure for President Biden's proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

Why it matters: The figure is the linchpin to getting progressive support for the companion $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. Khanna's statement reflects broader dissatisfaction among House progressives with Sinema and her fellow holdout, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).