New Rules on School Privacy Law Proposed
FERPA regulations seek to clarify that data on dangers may be shared.
The Department of Education this week proposed the most comprehensive update of its regulations for the main federal school privacy law in two decades.
The more than 30 pages of proposed rules for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act , or FERPA, include protections for educators who seek to share information to protect a student’s health or safety, new guidelines for school districts on sharing student data with educational researchers, and a proposed requirement that schools safeguard electronic and other records, including from some school staff members.
Several of the proposed changes, published March 24 in the Federal Register , stem from problems with FERPA identified by federal and state investigations into the massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in April 2007, in which a student at the university, Seung Hui Cho, killed...
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