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Subject:  Amendment to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) – Uninterrupted Scholars Act

ListServe Message Date:  January 22, 2013

The Uninterrupted Scholars Act is designed to facilitate the availability of school records to child welfare workers who are working with children placed into foster care.  The measure will help ensure that school records, including IEPs, are transferred quickly

when children wind up in a different school due to a foster care placement.  The bill amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  The legislation is designed to eliminate inadvertent obstacles to information-sharing between education and child welfare agencies.  The legislation allows education agencies to release education records to child welfare case workers or other representatives of a state or local child welfare agency or tribal organization.  It also eliminates the requirement that the education agency provide duplicative notice regarding the release of education records to  parents already receiving notice from the court.  The law is called the Uninterrupted Scholars Act.

Donna Cash

Supervisor, Federal Compliance

Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

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