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Principal's List of Failing Students May Have Violated FERPA

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

March 16, 2010

A principal at a Wisconsin middle school may have violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when he posted the names of about 100 students in "a misguided attempt to address failing grades," the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Marshfield Middle School Principal Dave Schoepke posted the list outside his office in an effort to notify students to turn in assignments so that they could raise their grades prior to a school dance, the report states, because school policy bars those with failing grades from such extracurricular activities. Schoepke, who took the list down after receiving complaints, has said he made a poor choice. "Is there something that is legally wrong? I would have to say 'yes,'" he said.
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