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FERPA Enforcement & Revisions - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors provide you with informative lessons to help you and fellow teachers discuss the enforcement of FERPA. There is much educators must understand about FERPA, and some of the topics addressed in this chapter include:
- The U.S. Department of Education's authority to investigate schools
- FERPA complaints
- Landmark cases that have significantly impacted FERPA
These lessons clearly discuss the entities involved in FERPA enforcement, as well as the roles and obligations of educators. To make this complex topic easier to understand, these lessons are brief and manageable, which allows you to focus your training or self-education on one topic at a time.
How It Helps
- Increases awareness: You'll receive a full overview of how FERPA enforcement works, how it impacts your career as an educator, and how it protects your students and their families.
- Teaches proper protocol: By learning about FERPA enforcement and revisions, you are more likely to stay compliant with the regulations and protocols set up by this legislation.
- Provides extra resources: Not all districts understand how to educate their teachers about legal matters like FERPA, but our site provides the type of teaching resources educators need to stay on top of this serious topic.
By the end of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Describe the authority and duties of the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)
- Identify the significance of Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo
- Analyze how Bates College v. Congregation Beth Abraham, et al. influenced FERPA
- List the results of Gonzaga University v. Doe
- Examine what happened in United States v. Miami University
- Explain the outcome of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. U.S. Department of Education
1. Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO): Duties & Authority
Every law would remain ineffective if it were only in writing. The work of official entities makes the law effective, and this lesson explores how the Family Policy Compliance Office works to protect family rights in education.
2. FERPA Case Law: Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo
This lesson briefly describes FERPA and explores an important Supreme Court case that interprets whether FERPA requires written, parental consent for peer grading in public classrooms.
3. FERPA Case Law: Gonzaga University v. Doe
This lesson will cover the basics of the Gonzaga University v. Doe case. The issue of the case along with the verdict will be covered. Background on Family Education Rights Act of 1974 (FERPA), will also be covered.
4. FERPA Case Law: United States v. Miami University
In this lesson you will learn about case law as it pertains to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We will review an example of a FERPA violation in the case United States v. Miami University.
5. Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. US Department of Education
FERPA protects the privacy of students, but what happens when FERPA is amended? In this lesson, we'll look at the legal fallout from one such set of amendments to FERPA, the lawsuit known as 'EPIC v. U.S. Department of Education.'
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