Education: Buckley Backfire

Student records are not confined to dry listings of grades, IQ scores and other statistics. They often bulge with personal information—much of it unsubstantiated—such as the political and sexual leanings not only of the student but also of his parents. Ever since the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act went into effect in late 1974, these records have been kept under deep cover. The files can no longer be released to outsiders without permission of the student or his parents. Moreover, the new law denies federal funds to any school or college that does not allow parents to inspect, challenge, or...

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