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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA; 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Pt. 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It was signed into law on August 21, 1974, as an amendment to the Federal Privacy Act and is commonly referred to as the Buckley Amendment after its main sponsor, Senator James Buckley of New York. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have ...

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