Public school districts and educational institutions that accept federal education funding are mandated by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to do two things: maintain and safeguard the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information, and provide access to the education records containing such information in accordance with the rights afforded to parents and students under the law. In addition, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) contains similar rights and protections to parents and students regarding the contents, maintenance, and disclosure of education records for special education students.
While IDEA and FERPA have set strict guidelines regarding the safeguarding and maintenance of personally identifiable student information, and the parent’s access to it, effectively incorporating this guidance into school policy and successfully communicating them to parents is where many institutions struggle.
This session will provide educators and professionals who work with special education students with a comprehensive overview of the basic confidentiality and disclosure requirements under FERPA and IDEA, and discuss the most common legal issues that arise in navigating these laws.
In this session, you will:
Who should attend:
Melanie Dunn is an attorney with a Connecticut-based practice focused on the representation of parents in special education, student discipline, and related education law matters. Prior to her current role as an advocate for parents of children with special needs, Ms. Dunn represented boards of education in matters inv... More info