The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy a child's student records. It applies to all public schools that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Act essentially gives parents certain rights to access their child's student records. However, these rights transfer to the child after she has either turned 18 or graduated from high school, whichever comes first.
There are a variety of rights concerning student records that this act gives to students who are eligible (i.e., 18+ or high school graduate) and to parents:
No. Generally, a school can only release a student's educational records to parties other than the parents or the eligible student by getting written consent from the parents or eligible student. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
If you feel you or your child's rights to see student records or to keep them private have been violated, you may want to contact a family law attorney. Your attorney can advise you of your rights and let you know if you may be entitled to an injunction or money damages in a lawsuit against the school.
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