9 Steps to Privacy: The Right to Seek to Amend under FERPA

9 Steps to Privacy: The Right to Seek to Amend under FERPA

May 7, 2019 | David Sallay and Amelia Vance

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System Upgrade Required: Student Information Protections for the 21st Century

April 29, 2019 | Austin Kraft

System Upgrade Required: Student Information Protections for the 21st Century

Privacy can evade understanding and evoke our worst fears when it does not work effectively. Universities hold a staggering amount of information about their students: academic, health, financial, research, personal contact information. As students, we provide our information to our institutions trusting that our data will be handled responsibly.

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11 Steps to Privacy: The Right to Inspect and Review under FERPA

April 24, 2019 | David Sallay and Amelia Vance

11 Steps to Privacy: The Right to Inspect and Review under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) grants parents and eligible students the right to inspect and review education records and to receive an explanation or interpretation of those records. To fulfill these rights, schools are obligated to follow a fair process. These 11 best practices can help schools prepare for even the most complex data access issues.

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Proposed Florida School Safety Policies Undermine Student Privacy

March 26, 2019 | Sara Collins

Proposed Florida School Safety Policies Undermine Student Privacy

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year, state lawmakers and other education stakeholders introduced new measures and recommendations to prevent further violence and ensure students’ safety. While the need for protective measures is clear, all education stakeholders should understand the serious risks to privacy in Florida’s most recent school safety proposals.

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Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

February 5, 2019 | Alan Simpson

Are Privacy Fears Expanding the Digital Divide?

In recent years, growing concerns about students’ data privacy have led to over 500 proposed new laws in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. There are legitimate concerns about the protection of students’ information, but one concern doesn’t get enough discussion: whether privacy fears and the push for new laws are making it more difficult […]

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To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

January 22, 2019 | Alan Simpson

To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

Too often, debates about students’ privacy are conducted within an isolated context of digital privacy law, instead of where they really belong––within discussions about improving teaching and learning. Parents are becoming more worried about students’ privacy because they hear a lot about risks and not enough about how students’ information can advance teaching and learning. […]

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Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

January 9, 2019 | Susan M. Bearden

Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

Commercial cloud storage services such as Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive can be incredibly convenient for busy educators who work from home after the school day is done. Need to revise a lesson plan or draft a document before class tomorrow? Cloud services make it easy: save your document to the cloud and access it […]

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School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

December 20, 2018 | Amelia Vance

School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

By Sara Collins, Tyler Park, and Amelia Vance Yesterday, the Federal Commission on School Safety released a report detailing its conclusions, after holding a series of meetings and hearings in the wake of school shootings such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 14th. Nearly every aspect of the […]

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