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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, more commonly referred to as FERPA, is designed to safeguard the confidentiality of student education records. Also known as the Buckley Amendment after its primary sponsor, FERPA applies to all educational institutions that receive federal funds, which includes not only public schools but private schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning as well. This entry describes key provisions of the law

Student and Parent Rights

FERPA grants parents rights to access the educational records of their children; these rights are transferred to students when they turn 18 or enter postsecondary institutions, regardless of their age at that time. Under FERPA, parents and students have the right to inspect and review any educational record that the school ...

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