Teacher Resigns after FERPA Violation
STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.September 27, 2010
A Texas elementary school teacher has resigned after posting photos and personal information of her students online, the Austin American Statesman reports. The first-grade teacher, who had previously won the school's "Teacher of the Year" award, allegedly violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by posting photographs of her students along with information about them in her public blog, the report states. The posts were "a clear violation of the federal student privacy right statute and a matter that the district takes very seriously," district officials said in a statement, noting, "As soon as the district became aware of the blog, the teacher voluntarily removed the content and tendered her resignation."