Educational Records: A Practical Guide for Legal Compliance

Educational Records: A Practical Guide for Legal Compliance

by Daniel Robert Murphy, Mike L. Dishman


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Since the passage of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) regulating the maintenance and dissemination of educational records, educators have struggled to meet federal compliance requirements while operating in the daily realities of public schools. Such practices as determining whether a child's cumulative file could be accessed, by whom, and for what purposes suddenly became a matter of federal law. Legal compliance became more elusive in the late 1990s and in the first decade of the twenty-first century with the fracturing of the "family," the passage of other state and federal laws regulating records security, and the unique security challenges that computer technology poses to record integrity and maintenance. Until now, educators lacked a single volume resource for directly and confidently answering their questions.

In Educational Records, Daniel Robert Murphy and Mike L. Dishman provide educators with a readily accessible, jargon-free source for answers to legal questions concerning educational records. The book's question-and-answer format, as well as its analysis of court opinions and opinion letters of the United States Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office, provides educators with the resource they need to quickly and authoritatively address records issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607095712
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 01/16/2010
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel Robert Murphy is a partner in the education law firm of McLocklin & Murphy, LLP, and has specialized in representing public school districts for the past decade. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on numerous topics of education law, including FERPA as well as additional state and federal laws relating to student records. Mike L. Dishman is an associate professor of educational leadership at Kennesaw State University and an attorney with the education law firm of Brock, Clay, Calhoun, & Rogers, LLC, in Marietta, Georgia. The coauthor of six books on school law and leadership, Dishman is a frequently requested speaker at state, national, and international conferences and serves on the editorial board of the Peabody Journal of Education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Educational Records: Identification, Maintenance, and Disclosure 11

Chapter 3 Educational Records: Parent and Student Rights 45

Chapter 4 Internal School Disclosures without Prior Permission 73

Chapter 5 Educational Records: Directory Information 99

Chapter 6 External Disclosure without Permission 125

Chapter 7 Electronic Instruction and Records 161

Chapter 8 Educational Records: Special Education Records 181

Chapter 9 The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment 215

Chapter 10 Self-Audit 239

Index of Questions 245

About the Authors 277

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