I have some significant concerns about the article on FERPA [the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act] and kids' online privacy ("Dad: Coach's recruitment site violated son's privacy," July 2003, http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=4495).

A reasonable reading of FERPA would provide the legal ability for a district to post all of the information called "directory information" online, as long as parents have designated this information as directory information. This is basically what your article says, and in this point it is correct. But what the coach posted about the students went beyond FERPA directory information.


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