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FERPA only requires access to records, not copies

Letter to Anonymous, 113 LRP 35720 (FPCO 2013): The federal Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) reiterated its position that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) only requires school districts to provide parents with the ability to inspect and review their student’s educational records.  FERPA does not require school districts to provide copies of educational records, except where failing to provide copies would “effectively prevent the parent from obtaining access to the records.”  Since the parent here was within commuting distance of the school, the FPCO determined that such parent was not entitled to copies.

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