Brown Seeks Overhaul of Student Privacy Law

Columbus Dispatch

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for reforms to the federal student privacy law.
The Ohio Democrat yesterday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking it to clean up the 35-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The law was crafted to keep academic records such as grades and transcripts private. The former senator who wrote the law, James L. Buckley, said universities now are abusing the law and twisting its intent.

A six-month Dispatch investigation, Secrecy 101, found that universities are using the law to shield information about athletes, coaches and boosters information that has nothing to do with academics.

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