ERIC Number: ED160619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb-12
Reference Count: 0
What Should the Public: A. Be Told; B. Hear; C. Know; About its Schools?
Canady, Hortense G.
Reality and the law are forcing us to reexamine the social concepts of privacy as linked to individual rights, and disclosure as an institutional duty. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) establishes the right of parents to have access to their children's school records and to challenge the accuracy and relevance of those records; it also limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information. These rights are also extended to students who are over 18 or attending a postsecondary institution. The Act raises uncertainties regarding freedom of access to student records, particularly test scores, by research organizations; furthermore, it is unclear how schools and administrators will comply and how strictly the federal government will enforce requirements by denying funds to schools that do not comply. Influenced by the consumerism movement, federal regulations are beginning to reflect a demand for access to institutional records as well as publication of the institutional policies that may affect students and parents. Since blacks and the poor tend to have less education, poorer jobs, and lower income, action to improve their status should include efforts to increase their consumer awareness. There are two approaches to this problem of consumer awareness: to educate the consumer in every day living skills, and to force the market place to provide more information than it now volunteers. Neither is a substitute for the others. Schools should take an affirmative role in the provision of information by designing and implementing consumer education programs which use a variety of media to reach different audiences. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
Note: Paper presented at the Michigan School Testing Conference (Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 21-22, l978)