Access To Student Directory
Information (PDF) - Memo from The
Michigan Department of Education Explaining When Student Directory
Information Must Be Released to Military Recruiters and Others:
No Child Left Behind (Section 9528) requires student
directory information to be made available to military recruiters
and institutions of higher education. Under the Family Education
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) a student or his/her parents may
request that information not be released without prior written
The U.S. Department of
Education has published two pieces of guidance about the Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act to assist school districts. The links
to guidance are found here:
Frequently Asked Questions about FERPA:
Model Notice for Directory Information:
Department of Education (MDE) Student Issues unit has also published
information about parental rights, including information about FERPA
in a fact sheet on the MDE website:
HB 5198: FERPA - New Law would prohibit a public body from
disclosing information in its minutes that would violate Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Limited Authorization to
Release Records - Putting boundaries on how and when
your child's educational records can be released to others.
Customize this letter [pdf size=66kb] then print and send!
High School Athletic Group Not a
Public Body -
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is not a public
body and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, a divided
Court of Appeals panel ruled Friday.
Email is Public
Record, Districts Learn
deep within the new No Child Left Behind Act is a provision
requiring public secondary schools to provide military
recruiters with contact information for every student -- or
face a cutoff of all federal aid. To many, requiring the
release of personal information intrudes on the privacy rights
of students - and they plan to inform students of their right
to withhold their records.
Row Decisions - When Daryl Renard Atkins was in
school, no one came to the conclusion that he was mentally
retarded—or even in need of special education.
Read the article "Bill
in Congress Seeks Privacy for Home-Schoolers' Data"
7/25/02 - Top Court:
Must Prove FOI Materials Exempt
"Learning About the Family Education Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA)" from Pete and Pam Wright by clicking here:
University disciplinary records are "educational records" under the Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and an injunction against
the release of such records and personally identifiable information
therein, in violation of the FERPA, was proper; a newspaper has no
qualified First Amendment right of access to traditionally closed
student disciplinary proceedings.