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“Blue Penciling” in Virginia

April 30, 2012

Remember in 4th grade when your teacher started grading your assignments with a red pencil? She was correcting your work, stating, “This is wrong.” A check mark meant an answer was correct.

What if your teacher had re-written your answers instead – giving you credit but unilaterally changing your answer from X to Y? Would that make sense? Would that be fair? Would the teacher be consistent and re-write everyone’s papers the same or would she have the choice to pick and choose?

Seems like a ridiculous example but I want you to hold it with you when you hear about judges being asked to “blue pencil” portions of employment contracts.

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