Can a teacher use student work without written permission?

I have collected some of my second grade students’ work, writings, drawings and poetry to write a book on “the being of a second grader”. Any profits would be donated to a non profit children’s organization. The material is from 3 to 15 years old. Names would be deleted. Can I as a teacher who assigned and collected the work use it without written permission?

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Uncategorized, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country using someone else's work without express written permission is improper. If you want to use some of your second grader's work in a book, I suggest that you ask the parents of your children for an express written release to do so and if given, mention specific credits to those students in your intended book if published.

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