VA Judge: School Board violated FOIA

Following a four-day trial, a Suffolk Circuit Court judge found that the Suffolk School Board and the majority of its members violated the Freedom of Information Act with regard to meeting notices, vague closed-meeting motions and certifications of closed meetings. Judge Carl Eason Jr. ruled July 16 that the board — including Chairwoman Phyllis Byrum,…

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FERPA, Virginia’s FOIA at odds when it comes to sex crimes, violence on campus

Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act prevents universities from disclosing information about students found responsible for sex crimes and violence even though the federal law meant to protect student privacy explicitly tells schools to make that information public.
 
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, says the name of a student found responsible for a crime of violence or nonforcible sex offense is a public record along with the violation and the sanction.
 

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