May 30, 2014 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinion

Palms v The School District of Greeneville County

Following complaints from another parent that Palms’ son’s certain class grades at his previous school had been inflated, District recalculated and lowered the son’s GPA and class ranking. Palms sued seeking an injunction to restore the higher GPA. The circuit court issued the injunction. The panel reversed. It held that absent clear evidence of corruption, bad faith or clear abuse of power, South Carolina courts cannot hear claims involving grade calculation. It reasoned that day to day operations are best left in the hands of the school administration and allowing these disputes into the courts would flood the dockets and divert school funds form better use. Here, District acted in good faith and thus the case should have been dismissed. The panel specifically authorized district to calculate the GPA pursuant to its policy.

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