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Feds offer guidance on sharing student info
November 1, 2007

The Department of Education has provided new guidelines to parents and educators regarding when information about troubled students can be disclosed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

FERPA, a federal law governing student records, is often criticized for being too complicated.

Stimulated by the Virgina Tech shooting spree this spring, the DOE produced a series of pamphlets for parents, elementary and secondary-school officials, and college administrators. The purpose of the pamphlets is to provide some “rules of the road,” said Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings at an Oct. 31 news conference during a visit to a high school in a Washington … » More …

WSU Vancouver to offer mental health screening
October 4, 2006

VANCOUVER–In conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 5, Washington State University Vancouver will be offering students free, anonymous mental health screening, free mental health educational materials and a chance to speak briefly with the campus personal counselor Dr. Dawnn McWatters.The screening will be from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Services building, Room 130.McWatters sees clients 14 hours per week on the WSU Vancouver campus and also has a small private practice. In addition, she works with the Oregon Department of Corrections.”My passion and interests lie in working with the student population and in helping them succeed academically and personally,” she said.Offering this … » More …