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Are emails, texts, Tweets, and other digital communications student records under FERPA and state law?

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
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  • February 20 2013

As schools increase the use of technology to communicate with and about students, questions arise about the intersection between the data created and

TechCon 2012 recap: should schools let teachers use social media in the classroom?

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
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  • November 19 2012

Another hot topic that came up at our TechCon 2012 presentation on social media policies is whether to allow teachers to use social media in the classroom

TechCon 2012 recap: social media policies and other law and technology issues

  • Franczek Radelet PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 1 2012

I was excited to speak to an engaged group of school leaders this past Friday at TechCon 2012

For school tablet computer rollouts, don’t forget potential legal stumbles

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • September 6 2012

The Illinois Association of School Administrators recently alerted followers on Twitter (IllinoisASA) to an interesting blog entry by Eric Lai for UberMobile entitled “Four Reasons Why School Tablet Rollouts Can Stumble Or Fail.”

Lessons from recent court rulings on discipline of students for off-campus, online speech

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
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  • October 11 2011

Following on the heels of two recent decisions by the Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (which we addressed in a FR Alert in June), three additional federal courts issued opinions addressing the right of school districts to discipline students for off-campus, online speech

OCR issues FAQ to address technology and accessibility

  • Franczek Radelet PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 8 2011

On May 26, 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an online FAQ document discussing how OCR believes the “equal access” requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1964 (Section 504) apply to the use of emerging technology such as electronic book readers, online application processes, and websites in higher education

FERPA does not shield student records from FOIA request

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • March 16 2011

A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the University of Illinois could not rely on the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to shield its "clout list" from release under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA

Supreme Court to hear argument in employee “sexting” case

  • Franczek Radelet PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 12 2010

On Monday, April 19, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in City of Ontario v. Quon, a case addressing the right of a public employer to review employee text messages on a pager purchased by the public employer for employee business use