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What is the name of your state? AZ

There is a situation where an individual, not employed by any of the district schools, emailed the name of two students to the newspapers giving confidential information regarding the students, residence and attendance. The majority of the district teachers and employees are outraged that this has happened for two main reasons. We believe that he has violated FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act) by providing these students names to local papers and an employee (yet to be known) most definitely has violated FERPA by providing this information to this individual.

Some say that the individual, not employeed by the district,who released the information to the papers has not violated any FERPA law because he does not work for the district and therefore can not be held accountable for releasing the information. Is that true?

Some also say that only the student, not the district, can press charges against this individual/employee who provided the information to the person who released it to the local papers? Is that also true.


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You answered your own question, he/she was not in the education system and since the party who gave this info is unknown unless you get VERY good proof there is no recourse.

Suspicion is not proof.

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