Webinar Archive: Understanding the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

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ABOUT THE WEBINAR: This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the relevance of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to education and special education. Building on an explanation of the reasons for enactment of the legislation, the presenter first identifies the major provisions of the statute – determining what education records are; identifying education records not subject to FERPA, understanding when disclosure of education records can be made without consent, recordkeeping requirements, and correcting, amending and destroying records. Reference to and explanation of caselaw are provided as appropriate. The focus is on elementary and secondary education. The presentation concludes with a discussion of recent amendments to the FERPA regulations.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER: James Rosenfeld, Esq. was appointed Director, Education Law Programs, for the Seattle University School of Law in July 2009. In this capacity, he will develop and implement outreaches to the local community concerning education matters, including the presentation of advocacy training programs for the parent community. He will continue to teach a seminar on special education law and policy and direct the National Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, which he founded at the Law School in 2002. Jim came to the Law School as a Visiting Professor in 2001, when he joined the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic to supervise students in their representation of parents of children with disabilities.

A member of the Washington State and District of Columbia bars, Jim is the Chairman of the Special Education Section of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, reflecting his long interest in the IDEA hearing system and process. He testified before the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and has participated in the Danforth Foundation Program for Federal District Court Judges. He has made numerous presentations to national, regional, state and local special education governmental agencies and organizations.

Rosenfeld is the founder of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and was the founding managing editor of IDELR (Individuals with Disabilities Education Law Report), the pre-eminent reporting service in special education law. He has authored two books – Education Records: A Manual and Transporting Students with Disabilities – and for ten years wrote a monthly newsletter reporting and analyzing developments in special education law. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Florida and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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