ERIC Number: ED132166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Release of Research Information--A Tale of Two Cities.
Barber, Larry W.
A federal district judge, two lawyers employed by a school district, nine research, evaluation, and development directors, and five pupil personnel directors employed by school districts in seven states were interviewed to study the effects that recently enacted federal privacy acts will have on school districts. With few very clear exceptions it was felt that the federal legislation in this area has been beneficial. If a researcher wishes to conduct research in a school district and must have student records as a part of that research, the district must deny that request unless it feels that the results would be beneficial to students and/or the district. Now, researchers must explain, clarify, and obtain permission from the parents of children with a written release before they can conduct studies, once those studies are approved by the school district. The new laws are not seen as posing any problems for public school based research, evaluation, and development staff; they do prohibit research that is merely interesting and of no benefit to anyone, save the researcher. (RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)