• Illinois Federal Court Rejects FERPA as a Bar to the Release of Student Records
  • April 8, 2011 | Authors: Amy C. Foerster; Courtney L. Schultz
  • Law Firms: Saul Ewing LLP - Harrisburg Office ; Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • “FERPA does not ‘prohibit’ the release of education records.” That was the surprising conclusion of Judge Joan Gottschall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in a March 7th decision issued in Chicago Tribune Co. v. Univ. of Illinois Bd. of Trustees. Before making your students’ records available for public review based on the Chicago Tribune case, however, it is important to recognize the narrow applicability of Judge Gottschall’s decision.