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May 2013Vol. 14, No. 4Uninterrupted Scholars Act Factsheet

A factsheet from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education provides information on recent changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow information sharing about children and youth in care. The Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), which was signed by President Obama in January 2013, amended FERPA to make it easier for child welfare agencies to obtain the education records of children and youth with whom they work.

FERPA, enacted in 1974, protects the privacy of students' education records, giving certain rights to parents. The law, however, often created problems for children in foster care by prohibiting child welfare professionals from accessing to educational information. The two-page factsheet explains, in a question-and-answer format, why information sharing is important, what changes were made to FERPA to allow information sharing, and why these changes were necessary. Links to additional Legal Center resources also are provided.

The Legal Center was formed in 2007 by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, the Education Law Center and the Juvenile Law Center. The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Do Recent Changes To FERPA Help Child Welfare Agencies Get Access To School Records? is available on the Legal Center's website: (75 KB)