A growing number of school systems nationwide are trying to snuff out a high-tech twist on an age-old schoolhouse pastime--gossiping about teachers.

Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Superintendent Phillip Price said the suburban Cleveland district has blocked students from using school computers to access www.ratemyteachers.com. Students across the country log on thousands of times a day to comment on high school and middle school teachers.

Price said the school also has blocked matchmaking sites and sites that rate students' looks, saying they serve no research or academic purpose.

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