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Effective communication between families and educators is vital for a strong partnership. The links below offer easy-to-follow communication tips for families and educators who would like to strengthen this partnership.


Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School Brochure - Offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and is available in many languages.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) – This act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." (en espanol)