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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Rendell-Baker v. Kohn
Citation:457 U.S. 830, 102 S.Ct. 2764, 73 L.Ed.2d 418 (1982).
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New Perspectives is a private school located in Massachusetts, specializing in handling with students who have experienced difficulty completing public high schools. Nearly all of the students at the school are referred by the Brookline or Boston school committees, or by the Drug Rehabilitation Division of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Public funds account for at least 90% of the school’s operating budget. The school must comply with a variety of detailed regulations concerning matters ranging from recordkeeping to student-teacher ratios. The regulations require the school to maintain personnel standards and procedures, but they impose few specific requirements.
Plaintiffs were teachers and a vocational counselor who were discharged by the school for supporting student criticisms against various school policies.
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