Saturday, July 17, 2004

'Flunking' teachers sue testing firm over errors

The Associated Press

TOLEDO - A lawyer has sued a company that administers and grades licensing exams after it mistakenly told 1,231 teacher candidates in Ohio they had flunked.

The class-action suit filed in U.S. District Court Friday against Educational Testing Service is on behalf of all those who were wrongfully told they failed. It seeks damages of more than $75,000 for each person.

"We had people who had jobs lined up and those jobs fell through," attorney Steven Bell said. "Certainly everyone suffered humiliation, and most of them suffered expense, so we're asking for them to be compensated."

Another suit has been filed in Philadelphia.

More than a year passed before Educational Testing Service discovered its mistake.

The company has said it will make legal teams available to those who lost jobs as a result of the erroneous grading and refund the $115 test fee.

A message was left Friday with company spokesman Tom Ewing.

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