Today, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) published a short guide to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Act provides parents and families with certain rights to information stored by educational institutions about their children. The goal of the guide is to give parents a brief introduction to their rights and duties under FERPA. The paper begins:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents rights to their child’s educational record and protects the privacy of student records. Signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974, it applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding from the United States Department of Education. FERPA has changed several times due to both the addition of new sections and evolving federal case law. With the continued rise of electronic data storage in education, parents should be informed about their rights under FERPA when seeking access to their child’s educational record.