I mentioned this a few days ago but have no time to look into it. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 34 CFR Part 99, protects student records from publication. Fourth-class government school districts coast-to-coast “debt shame” students, to include the mass publication of education-related “debts” – at taxpayer-funded government schools – to include student names and identifying information. Some of the debts include school meals, many of which may be otherwise covered by various federal programs run by the DOE and the USDA.
Question(s): Does such publication constitute a FERPA or other legal violation? If so, might some of you make class action hay out of it? Does the DOJ care about civil rights? Did they ever? Does anyone care?
I do but, again, lack the time. I’ll spell out my contribution: H-O-M-E-S-C-H-O-O-L.