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Can Safety Concerns Outweigh a Parent’s Right to Access Student Records?

The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO), the division of the U.S. Department of Education that enforces federal laws related to student privacy, has advised that safety concerns may outweigh a parent’s right to access information contained in his or her child’s student records. In Letter to Arakaki, 119 LRP 1066 (FPCO 08/01/18), the FPCO concluded…

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All E-mails May Not Be Student Records

Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issued an IDEA Complaint Decision (Decision 15-029, 2015) 115 LRP 31928, in which it determined that a parental request for all of their child’s education records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not include any e-mails not within the student’s actual file. The DPI…

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