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Court: Schools must identify students who complain about teachers


A Florida appellate court on Thursday ruled that the identities of students who submit complaints about teachers to public schools — including colleges and universities — are a matter of public record, and must be disclosed to citizens, the Associated Press reports. Former Santa Fe College math instructor Darnell Rhea believes the school didn’t his semester-to-semester contract for part-time teaching at two campuses because a student complaint email alleged that Rhea made humiliating remarks in class, and that his teaching methods were unorthodox. Rhea said he believed the email was sent by a student who had only attended one class. The 70-year-old retired public school teacher successfully argued in front of a three-judge panel that the student’s name is not covered by state and federal laws granting confidentiality to education records because such complaints don’t directly relate to students…

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