U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law

The U.S. Department of Education today released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety. The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) released an in-depth report last December, which observed that “substantial misunderstanding remains at the local level among officials and educators concerning (FERPA), and in particular its application to school-based threats.” This FAQ document, titled, School Resource Read More

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Today the U.S. Department of Education is releasing resources to emphasize and support the needs of foster care students. In addition to new guidance, ED has launched a dedicated web page, Students in Foster Care, and issued a joint letter with the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to education authorities about increasing educational stability for children and youth in foster care. The guidance released today will make it easier for caseworkers, child welfare agencies and tribal Read More

Behavior issues a challenge in student integration

For four decades, federal law has enabled children with disabilities to be integrated with regular education students at school, but even today that integration is a puzzle in progress. "Not a lot of regular education teachers have the level of training to respond to students’ behaviors," special education legal advocate Kathy Custren said. She represented an Altoona student in court who was criminally charged for striking a teacher during an aggressive "meltdown," a characteristic of Read More