Potential employers, publicly funded educational institutions, and foreign governments must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a U.S. federal privacy act. FERPA provides parents with rights and protection over their children’s education records. This includes report cards, transcripts, records of disciplinary actions, contact information, information about family relationships and class schedules. Under FERPA, parents have the right to review education records and request changes. The law also requires schools and educational institutions to obtain written permission from parents to disclose personally identifiable information about their children to any individual, entity, or government institution. When a child turns 18 years old or enters a secondary educational institution, such as a college or university, all rights guaranteed to parents through FERPA are then transferred to the student.

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