The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) has released a 14-page list of commonly asked questions amidst calls for revisions to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits the disclosure of students’ personally identifiable information to third parties without written parental consent, Politico reports. “I don’t think it’s necessarily an easy decision, what is and what is not the ‘educational record’ … It’s very contextual. A lot of metadata won’t fit as an educational record,” said DoE CPO Kathleen Styles. Meanwhile, a nonprofit that promotes voucher programs has filed a complaint against an Ohio school district in the state’s Supreme Court claiming the district has refused to release student names and addresses although it has given that information to other organizations.
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