A federal judge in Texas has agreed to hold a new trial in the case of a Waco, Tex., teacher who claimed she was pressured to give a passing grade to a high-school football player.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. set a new trial date of Feb. 6 and set aside the $77,000 a jury had awarded the teacher, Sue Collins, in October. The judge re6ported that time constraints had forced him to limit the number of witnesses each side could call during the original trial and did not allow for a full hearing by either side.
The jury found the principal, superintendent, and school district liable for damages to Ms. Collins, who contended she was pressured last year to change a grade and then was suspended for reporting the incident to the state high-school sports association. (See Education Week, Nov. 2, 1988.)