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Earlier today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan took questions from journalists on a conference call organized by the Education Writers Association.
Colleges are adept at frivolously crying "student privacy!" to conceal information that might expose institutional wrongdoing, but one Kentucky college is learning that misuse of the federal student confidentiality statute can carry a heavy price.
A circuit court judge in Franklin County, Ky., is fining Lexington-based National College $1,000 per day for raising unfounded legal arguments in refusing to obey a subpoena from the state's attorney general, Jack Conway, demanding disclosure of internal college records dealing with marketing, employee compensation, student complaints and other management practices.
The attorney general's office is seeking National's records as part of an ongoing lawsuit that alleges National made deceptive advertising claims inflating the successful job-placement rate of its graduates.
Connecticut has joined at least two other states in ruling that school surveillance videos can be released as public records without violating the federal FERPA privacy statute. The ruling is a win for common sense and a setback for the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA literalism.
Education Department served notice it will side with University of Montana in arguing that FERPA privacy bars disclosure of public records in the disciplinary appeal of Montana's starting quarterback
An Illinois college refused a reporter's open-records request for the campus email directory. But the state Attorney General says the directory is a public record. Since the FERPA student privacy law doesn't forbid turning it over, state law requires disclosing it.
The state's appeal of an order granting author Jon Krakauer access to public records about a campus sexual assault case was filed prematurely, the Montana Supreme Court decides. The order means it will be many months before a ruling that clarifies whether FERPA, the federal student privacy law, forbids colleges from disclosing records about disciplinary appeals in rape cases.
Security video footage of a public school should remain classified as an educational record under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Judge Michele Christiansen of the Utah Court of Appeals ruled May 29.
A Pomona College student was told she could not share any details of the sanctions imposed on the man who sexually assaulted her twice, but the nondisclosure policy has no basis in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Clery Act.
Four bills are pending in Congress to tighten access to student data under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. None of the measures appears to worsen journalists' access to public records from schools and colleges, but none addresses the well-documented misuse of FERPA to conceal campus scandals under the guide of "student privacy."
In light of Arne Duncan's announced resignation, here are four times the Education Secretary spoke out about FERPA.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that school districts must redact and then release family settlement documents, vacating a lower court ruling.
The best-selling author of Missoula is seeking access to files indicating why the state overturned a campus disciplinary board's findings in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a University of Montana athlete. But the state argues that granting Jon Krakauer's request will put the state in violation of federal privacy laws and place $263 million in federal funding at risk.
Northern Kentucky University has repeatedly insisted that the FERPA privacy statute forbids disclosure of any information about how it responds to students' claims of sexual assault, but a U.S. district judge has now sanctioned the university's legal counsel for over-reliance on FERPA to obstruct a student's Title IX lawsuit.
Misapplying federal privacy law, education agencies have been withholding access to data when the data involves a small group of students, even where nothing about the data is matchable to a known individual. That should happen less frequently after a Louisiana court's favorable resolution of an unusual public-records lawsuit.
A Connecticut college student claims he was railroaded by a campus disciplinary board that expelled him for remarks about guns that he claimed were jokes. A judge threw out his claims -- but agreed that FERPA confidentiality should not have limited his access to key eyewitness statements.
Days before the end of his tenure as a regent of the University of Texas, Wallace L. Hall saw his request for documents related to a university scandal denied by the Texas Supreme Court.
We're asking you, the defenders of student press and avengers of egregious transparency violations to vote on the most opaque university of 2017.
Email messages don't qualify as FERPA "education records" unless they're kept in a student's permanent file, a Pennsylvania judge rules, in a commonsense interpretation that may bolster journalists' access to documents routinely miscategorized as federally protected secrets.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled University of North Carolina must hand over student, faculty, and staff rape, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct records requested by the university's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.
Security footage filmed on school buses is a public record, a Pennsylvania court ruled this week, reaffirming the state’s stance on the relationship between its open records laws and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.