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US Department of Education, 2007
Conducting scientifically rigorous evaluations of character education interventions is complex. This evaluation guide is presented as a resource primarily for project directors who are federal grantees embarking on an evaluation of a character education intervention, although it contains useful information that can benefit other education…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Intervention, Exhibits, Evaluation Methods
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Brogt, Erik; Dokter, Erin; Antonellis, Jessie – Astronomy Education Review, 2007
In this article, we briefly outline and discuss the legal and ethical ramifications of doing astronomy education research, with an emphasis on the practical issues that researchers have to keep in mind when engaging in, and publishing about, research that involves human subjects.
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education, Educational Research, Ethics
Luna, Tom – Idaho State Department of Education, 2007
This section of the Idaho Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools is divided into two parts: (1) a discussion of the legal status of charter schools and their linkage to other local education agencies (LEAs), and (2) a synopsis of federal laws that are most relevant to special education in charter schools. The Primer on Special Education in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Compliance (Legal), School Districts
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Toglia, Thomas V. – Tech Directions, 2007
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has significant implications for career and technical educators. Although FERPA was enacted in 1974 to oversee the privacy, discharge, and accuracy of educational records, many administrators and instructors are uncertain about how FERPA applies to their students. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Student Records, Privacy, Compliance (Legal), Career Education
Smith, Robert B.; Fleming, Dana L. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Virginia recently became the first state to pass legislation that bars public colleges and universities from punishing or expelling students "solely for attempting to commit suicide, or seeking mental-health treatment for suicidal thoughts or behaviors." While well intentioned, the law adds nothing to current law and will, in fact, make…
Descriptors: Colleges, Legal Responsibility, Suicide, College Students
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article describes the findings of a Florida commission on campus safety that was issued in May 2007. The commission contradicted assertions by officials at Virginia Tech that they could not share information about the gunman in April's fatal shooting rampage because of privacy laws. The commission was assembled by Governor Charlie Crist in…
Descriptors: School Safety, Public Agencies, Privacy, Health Insurance
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Educators, mental-health officials, and law-enforcement officers often do not share information about troubled students because they are confused by what they can disclose under complex and overlapping privacy laws, according to a report on the Virginia Tech shootings. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and two other Bush cabinet secretaries…
Descriptors: Student Records, Privacy, Laws, Reports
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Mentor, Kenneth – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2007
Educational institutions are increasingly adopting "closed" learning environments that hide learning materials in password-protected areas. While this may be a logical solution to a range of problems, much is lost in this mode of course delivery. Although there are logical reasons for moving toward closed environments, we may be erring…
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Access to Information, Access to Education
Toglia, Thomas V. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2007
Enacted in 1974 to oversee the privacy, discharge, and accuracy of educational records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has significant implications for teachers and administrators, who should stay informed regarding its current policies and practices, and when in doubt seek legal advice regarding the privacy and disclosure…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Privacy, Student Rights, Student Records
Stone, Carolyn – American School Counselor Association (Bks), 2006
This practical guide will sensitize the professional school counselor to legal and ethical issues involved in working with minors in school settings. Using a case study approach and more than 100 cases representing school counselors daily dilemmas, chapters help the reader connect the reality of school counseling to critical federal and state…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Legislation, School Counseling, School Counselors
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2006
Fall 2005 enrollment data show approximately 73,000 students under the age of 18 enrolled in California community colleges. Given that students under the age of 18 are legally considered minors, community college faculty and staff are often uncertain about their roles and responsibilities for these students. Laws governing the opportunities for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment, College Faculty, College Governing Councils
Copenhaver, John – Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC), 2006
An important federal statute impacting student records is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enacted to ensure student/parent access to education records and to limit disclosures to others for unauthorized purposes. FERPA Regulations set forth the basic federal records retention and destruction requirements. The records of…
Descriptors: Student Records, Federal Legislation, Confidentiality, Information Policy
Maryland State Department of Education, 2006
In the early 1990's, charter schools were a new concept being implemented by a few states and communities across the country. Today there are over 3,000 charter schools operating in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The growth of charter schools has compelled that we understand what charter schools are and how they impact responsibilities…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Related Services (Special Education), School Districts
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 2006
Charter schools must abide by federal special education laws and regulations because they are part of the public education system. However, the way this gets carried out in practice differs widely due to many factors, the most important of which are a charter school's "legal identity" and its "linkage" to a traditional LEA for…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Charter Schools, Special Education, Familiarity
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Nixon, Andrea – EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2006
For years computer viruses have threatened productive use of personal computers, challenging users and support providers to prevent and recover from viral attacks. Now another type of computing malady has begun to enter popular consciousness: spyware. Typically, analyses of spyware focus on technical issues or provide pointers to resources for…
Descriptors: Laws, Compliance (Legal), Computer Security, Computers
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