Calif. Student Sues Teacher, District Over C+ Grade

  • musclmed

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    Jul 27, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    A C+ is considered average on the grading scale but for one California high school student it was well below average, enough so that he filed a lawsuit against both his teacher and school district.

    Bowen Bethards, 17, was a sophomore in Peggy Carlock’s chemistry class at Albany High School in Albany, Calif., outside of San Francisco, in the 2010-11 school year when she gave him the C+ grade at the center of the suit, according to court records first reported by the Albany Patch.

    Bethards, in a lawsuit filed with his mother, Laureen, in Contra Costa County Superior Court last month, claims that he has suffered severe physical and emotional suffering, damage to his academic reputation, and diminished chances of getting into his college of choice because of the grade.

    The Bethards claim that Carlock, who no longer teaches at the school, punished Bowen for missing class on a day that his fellow students performed a lab. Bethards, according to the suit, had to miss class to attend the adoption hearing for his younger sister and so informed Carlock of his absence ahead of time. The two agreed upon a make-up date but when Bethards showed up on the agreed-upon date, he says, Carlock said he could not make up the lab and was instead, “going to fail him,” according to court documents


    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/calif-student-sues-teacher-district-over-c-grade/.

    weird the same reviews come up on her ratings. Of course anon reviews.



    http://www.ratemyteachers.com/peggy-carlock/1978-t


    Whats weird is that the student who received A's failed the final after the complaint.

    The final of course never was found to check the grade.


    http://teachers.net/chatboard/topic283837/7.26.12.14.52.00.html
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    Sounds kind of extreme and somebody going out of bounds just to raise a grade... but is it?

    I can see both sides, honestly. The best thing is never to judge a case prior to a hearing, there could be merit.
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    Jul 27, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Sounds like a legit case. Although I do have to question how missing just one lab would drop a grade that drastically from an A+ to a C+.
  • O5vx

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    Jul 27, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    I would sue them too.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Bromoflexual saidSounds like a legit case. Although I do have to question how missing just one lab would drop a grade that drastically from an A+ to a C+.


    Probably grade inflation in the first place. It has been rampant in the American educational system for decades now.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    I have had worse, I received a C on a very difficult math test and another failing football player relieved a B.. He had more wrong answers than I did, The math teacher was the defensive coordinator and gave him the B so he was eligible to play. I was very pissed but didn't want to rat on the team.

    I confronted him and he simply laughed and walked away.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    Buppi saidI have had worse, I received a C on a very difficult math test and another failing football player relieved a B.. He had more wrong answers than I did, The math teacher was the defensive coordinator and gave him the B so he was eligible to play. I was very pissed but didn't want to rat on the team.

    I confronted him and he simply laughed and walked away.


    Oh, now that is reason to sue. I've had teachers give me a lower grade then what i deserved before, it always makes me very angry. Mainly because I do the math after every test and quiz, so I know exactly what I'm supposed to be getting. Once I confront them, I never have a problem-the change it, I also have my ducks in a row.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Sidney12 said
    Buppi saidI have had worse, I received a C on a very difficult math test and another failing football player relieved a B.. He had more wrong answers than I did, The math teacher was the defensive coordinator and gave him the B so he was eligible to play. I was very pissed but didn't want to rat on the team.

    I confronted him and he simply laughed and walked away.


    Oh, now that is reason to sue. I've had teachers give me a lower grade then what i deserved before, it always makes me very angry. Mainly because I do the math after every test and quiz, so I know exactly what I'm supposed to be getting. Once I confront them, I never have a problem-the change it, I also have my ducks in a row.


    Well, that was my high school days, I don't think I can even sue anymore icon_sad.gif
  • musclmed

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    Jul 27, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Bromoflexual saidSounds like a legit case. Although I do have to question how missing just one lab would drop a grade that drastically from an A+ to a C+.


    Apparently he failed the final but had perfect scores to that date (3rd article).

    When his mom was trying to get answers on his missed LAB, the teacher caught heat apparently and said he failed the final.

    The never located or the teacher never produced his actual final exam papers for recheck and it is implied from the article she was asked to leave because the final exam was destroyed or lost.

    If there is a possible dispute you want to save the documents, unless of course the teacher felt she could get away with it.

    Also she frequently had students grade papers for other students.
    That is very odd.
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    Jul 27, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
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    Normally. But something does sound a bit fishy with this teacher. I've calculated how poorly I would have to do on a final to get a bad grade for the class enough times to know that if I had done well on everything before (+ missed one or two things) the lowest I'd get is a B-.

    Maybe I'm so far removed from high school but don't these teachers outline how much each thing is worth towards their final grade? Labs, papers, tests? In essence, if he calculated all that and added in the poor final (though it sounds like he never got back) and the grade was above what he received...