NSBA comments on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and school safety

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Federal Advocacy Resources

NSBA shared our insight on how FERPA can impact matters of school safety as school boards work to prevent acts of mass violence. We urged the Commission to take appropriate action to modify the law to allow school board members discretionary authority to address significant risks and threats to school safety before a mass violence situation escalates. The recommended change to FERPA and its regulations would be limited but provide needed authority to school officials to share certain information circumstances indicate that a student is a danger to themselves or others. The goal behind any change would be to remove a barrier to collaboration between schools and community services, including law enforcement, that could prevent a particular act of mass violence. Parental participation in this process, and consent for disclosure of education records, should remain the first and preferred approach when a student is perceived to present a threat.

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