FERPA: The Right to Review Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), often called the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law enacted in 1984. It gives all parents of students under 18 years of age and all students over 18 years of age the… Read the rest

Eligibility for Special Ed: Myth v. Fact

For students to receive special education services, they must be found eligible under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, misconceptions abound. Below we separate myth from fact with regard to three common concerns: A student receiving passing grades… Read the rest

Your Rights to Documentation

Yes, you have a right to all documents in your child’s file. I suggest sending a FERPA request for records noting that you would like all documents attributable to your child. In addition, it is important to request (in writing)… Read the rest

Protecting Students’ Privacy in the Data Age

In recent years, public schools have increased the amount of information gathered on all students, but particularly those in special education. Data routinely collected and stored runs the gamut from contact information, grades, and standardized test scores to disciplinary actions,… Read the rest

Supreme Disappointment For Students with Disabilities

By Kalman R. Hettleman The Supreme Court held unanimously—in its most momentous ruling on special education in over three decades—that the standard for services owed to students with disabilities under federal law is higher than “merely more than de minimis.”… Read the rest