The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. 20 USC §1232g; 34 CFR Part 99. Specifically, it prohibits a school from disclosing personally identifiable information from students’ education records without the consent of a parent or eligible student, unless an exception to FERPA’s… Read more »
New resources addressing ESSA Implementation
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations, based on the amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which takes effect on October 1, 2016. The answers are general responses based on federal statutes, regulations,… Read more »
State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) must develop, “review and revise, policies to remove barriers to the identification of homeless children and youths, and the enrollment and retention of homeless children and youths in schools in the State, including barriers to enrollment and retention due to outstanding fees or fines, or absences.” 42… Read more »
Under the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, every local educational agency (LEA) must designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. Liaisons must be “able to carry out” ten specific duties. 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii). The U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance states that LEAs “should allocate sufficient time for… liaisons to do… Read more »
Neither ESSA nor U.S. Department of Education (ED) Guidance includes a specific definition of “preschool.” To determine whether a particular early childhood education program is a “preschool” under ESSA, a helpful reference is the definition ED uses for McKinney-Vento data collection. This document assists i reviewing this definition.