Support and Advice from TNPC's Parenting Experts

If your adolescent has had learning difficulties or other school problems, then these usually have been recorded in some way in your teen’s school files. These school files follow your child from school to school, and may even accompany them when they enter the work force.

Parents need to be careful about monitoring these files, and realize that they have specific rights regarding the files that they should employ to help prevent the materials from being misused in any way.

As a parent, you have the right to check your teen’s cumulative record annually. It would be a good idea for you to do this regularly, since schools sometimes don’t inform parents of important educational decisions regarding students.

Also, if the file contains information you do not agree with, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act gives you the right to challenge the material and have it changed or removed entirely.

For more information about the law and your legal rights, call the National Committee For Citizens in Education, 1-800-638-9675.

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and speaker with twenty-eight years of teaching experience from the primary through the doctoral level, and over one million copies of his books in print on issues related to learning and human development. He is the author of nine books including Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, In Their Own Way, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius, 7 Kinds of Smart, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. His books have been translated into sixteen languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian.


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