Read the Case Study “Insubordination– Failure to Change a Student’s Grade” on page 277 of your text and answer related discussion questions listed on page 277. Your answers should be numbered and your response to each question should include case citations, statutes/laws, or authority that supports your position. Each answer should contain your understanding of the law, as it relates to the question that has been posed, as well as the legal authority and analysis you used in arriving at your answer. Your answers should be comprehensive and reflect an understanding of the problem presented and the legal resolution and include a minimum of two cites/references.500 word minimum. APA
Insubordination—Failure to Change a Student’s Grade
Alice Hill, an eleventh-grade English teacher at Fairview High School, located in a fairly pro-
gressive school district, assigned the grade of F to a star basketball player, Tom Benson, who had
failed to turn in assigned work. Hill encountered considerable criticism from coaches and other
colleagues at school. A request was made by the principal, Jim Martin, for Hill to return to
school and change the grade. Due to stress associated with this event, Hill was unable to do so
and arranged for a substitute to cover her classes for two days. The principal recommended dis-
missal based on charges of insubordination for failure to return to change the grade.
1. Was Alice Hill justified in not returning to change the grade? Why or why not?
2. Does the principal have sufficient grounds to recommend insubordination? Why or why not?
3. Did Alice Hill’s failure to return constitute insubordination? Why or why not?
4. As principal, would you have taken the position the principal took in this situation? Why or why not?
5. How would the court likely rule in this case? Provide a rationale for your response.
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