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Opinion: Time to Reform FERPA

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

May 14, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education needs to ensure the integrity of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and not allow educational institutions to abuse it by "denying information requests with no conceivable privacy interest." That is the message Frank D. LoMonte shares in a Chronicle of Higher Education report. LoMonte and others contend that some schools are overreaching when it comes to the application of FERPA. While some experts warn that FERPA does not do enough to protect student information, LoMonte insists that as the Department of Education considers rules to clarify the law, it can protect student records from inappropriate disclosure by "more coherently defining the scope of information it covers." (Registration may be required to access this article.)
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