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E. FAMILY POLICY COMPLIANCE OFFICE

The mission of the Family Policy Compliance Office is to administer two laws related to parental and student rights:  the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

In performing its key processes, the Office:

  • Manages the Department's implementation of FERPA, responding to inquiries from customers which include parents, students, school officials, congressional staff, and the general public.
  • Processes and investigates complaints alleging violations of FERPA, negotiates solutions, and provides technical assistance and in-service training to educational agencies and institutions and, when warranted, recommends enforcement action to the Secretary.
  • Manages the Department's implementation of PPRA, responding to inquiries from customers which include parents, students, school officials, congressional staff, and the general public.
  • Processes and investigates complaints alleging violations of PPRA, negotiates solutions, and provides technical assistance and in-service training to educational agencies and institutions and, when warranted, recommends enforcement actions to the Secretary.
  • Reviews regulations to ensure compliance with the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12606, the Family, September 2, 1987.
Administers requirements under Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which requires the disclosure of directory-type information (students' names, addresses, and telephone listings) to military recruiters

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