Afraid of lawsuits by the parents of mediocre students, Nashville schools won’t post honor rolls.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The school honor roll, a time-honored system for rewarding A-students, has become an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers.
As a result, all Nashville schools have stopped posting honor rolls, and some are also considering a ban on hanging good work in the hallways — all at the advice of school lawyers.
After a few parents complained their children might be ridiculed for not making the list, Nashville school system lawyers warned that state privacy laws forbid releasing any academic information, good or bad, without permission.
Some schools have since put a stop to academic pep rallies. Others think they may have to cancel spelling bees. And now schools across the state may follow Nashville’s lead.
Some principals are asking parents to sign permission slips allowing their children’s achievements to be recognized. But others want to abolish academic honors and competitions.