Reporting Crimes

September 2010 Do IDEA's discipline procedures allow school systems to report crimes that are committed by children with disabilities? Yes, they do, and that's the focus of this article, which looks at the section of IDEA's disciplinary procedures called "referral to and action by law enforcement and judicial authorities," found at §300.535 and reproduced at the bottom of the page, for your convenience. Discussion IDEA makes clear that … [Read more...]

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

December 2010 In Spanish | En español IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child's education records. These safeguards address the following three aspects: the use of personally identifiable information; who may have access to your child's records; and the rights of parents to inspect their child's education records and request that these be amended to correct information that is misleading or inaccurate, … [Read more...]

Final amendments to FERPA

On December 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education published the final amendments to the regulations for implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the Federal Register. FERPA is meant to protect the privacy of education records while allowing for the effective use of data. The Federal Register notice can be accessed at:   … [Read more...]

Balancing school safety and student privacy: Guide to FERPA for schools

This pamphlet from the U.S. Department of Education provides information about FERPA and the steps that school officials are allowed to take in order to ensure school safety, including during health or safety emergencies. Also explained are whether FERPA applies to law enforcement unit records (collected by security staff at schools), security videos, and personal knowledge or observation. (posted November 5, 2012)  … [Read more...]

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