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Can Students Sue Teachers for Giving them Low Grades.

Probably not, courts rule that they can not assess teachers grading procedures, and that the student's poor performance can be a contributing factor.  the student has to prove that the teacher has to have acted in bad faith in order to liable.  This is good for teachers because they do not have to fear reprisals for giving a student a bad grade.  Courts have ruled that they do not have the expertise to decide if a teacher's grading system is fair or not. In Smith ex rel Smith v. Revere Local School District Board of Education, the court ruled against the plaintiff who claimed the school was using bad grades as a punishment for poor attendence.

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Ratemyteacher.com

Ratemyteacher.com, a web site that posts reviews of teacher's performance, has escaped liability for posting materials that are degrading to teachers.  Court rules statements could not be proven to be false.  This is bad for teachers, because they have no control over what is posted about them on the internet. In Draker v. Schreiber, a high school principle sued 2 high school students, who had created a Website that contained sexually references about her.  The court ruled against her, because she could not prove the facts were not true.

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Qualified Privilege

Ginwright v Unified School District, A federal court ruled that Kansas school administrators had a qualified privilege to diclose information on child abuse charges to a limited number of persons who were assessing her conduct for purposes of retention. The school was not held liable.   This is bad for teachers, because it allows administrators the ability to make negative comments about teacher's performance with out fear of law suits.  Administrators are given this priveledge, becausse they are considered government employees.  In Hett v. Ploetz, a Wisconson court ruled that a school superintendent could not be sued for liable for writing a negative letter of recommendation for a teacher.

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Fairbanks blasts terminated teacher Elizabeth Pitka

Headlines read "Terriorial Police Called to Expel Fired Schoolmarm".  Ms. Pitka claims words were false and defamatory, and is sueing the Newspaper for liable.  

The supreme court of Alaska ruled the newspaper headline was libelous on its face, and that the headline was worded in order to hurt the teacher's reputation.  This is good for teachers, because it offers protection from false statements made by public media.

 

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