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Department of Education Proposes FERPA Changes

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

April 8, 2011

The Department of Education has named Kathleen Styles, formerly of the Census Bureau, as its first privacy officer and proposed several changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Education Week reports. The proposed changes include stricter enforcement, protection of directory information and provisions to allow high schools to track their graduates' success in college. "Data should only be shared with the right people for the right reasons," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We need common-sense rules that strengthen privacy protections and allow for meaningful uses of data. The initiatives announced today will help us do just that." Comments on the proposal will be accepted for the next 45 days.
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