The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects confidentiality of students’ education records and their rights to full access to those records, to include the right to review and respect the records.
To fully access your student’s education records, you must have a full understanding of the definition of “education records”. The same holds true if you are trying to monitor whether the confidentiality of the student’s records is being maintained.
An education record simply isn’t a file consisting of report cards and progress reports. It includes such records as emails and legal invoices, too.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides the public access to records held by public bodies.
As FOIA.gov stated, the freedom of information act “is a vital part of our democracy.”
Learn how to write and submit a FOIA request, and learn about some of the issues that may arise in response to your request submission.
Have you or your child identified information in your child’s education record that is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of the student?
Did you know that, if your school refuses to make a change you request that you have a right to request a hearing? This is not a state complaint of a due process hearing. It is held at the local level.
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