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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 …