Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380, FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment:
- Guarantees you the right to inspect and review your child’s file. You also have the right to receive copies of the file information.
- Says that only people who need to see the file can see it.
- Allows you to challenge information in the file you feel is inaccurate or misleading.
- Allows you to ask the school to remove something in the file that you disagree with. If the request is denied, you have at least two options:
- You may attach a statement to the page in question telling why you disagree.
- You may request a hearing (However, consider the value of this formal process and what you need to accomplish).