A student is advocating for the Explain the Asterisk campaign, which would require colleges to document when a student has been kicked out for sexual or domestic violence or stalking, as opposed to plagiarism or cheating. Currently most schools just note that the student was dismissed for a rules infraction, citing FERPA.
When there are less than 10 students who are proficient in a particular subject area, Baltimore City Schools will no longer give the exact percentage that is proficient. Previously the school system indicated there were 13 Baltimore high schools with zero students proficient in math or English. If one was aware a particular student attended one of those schools, it would be apparent that the particular student was not proficient. At the very least, this is a privacy concern. However, it also likely rises to the level of a FERPA violation.
Student privacy rights and the right to face your accuser seem to be destined to collide as a result of the new Title IX Guidance from Betsy Devos. New rules are in the comment period currently. This article is a great starting point.
In this article, T.S. Last writes about Santa Fe Public School’s discussions about allowing police to have access on-campus cameras in emergency situations.
In an update to a previous post, an internal inspector found that the U.S. Department of Education’s handling of FERPA complaints are even worse than the USDOE has admitted. (Also, check this source, too.) The inspector pointed to years of unresolved cases, ineffective tracking of complaints, and the status of complaints that have been received.
More details forethcoming.
Sara Gibson of New Hampshire Public Radio wrote this article about a school board member who used a school district listserv to contact a student. The student wrote an editorial for her school newspaper in support of a teachers’ union. The email may have been a violation of FERPA and other federal policies, according to the author of the article.