Blog: The Educated Reporter

FERPA = Find Evidence Redacted, Please Acquiesce.

Frank LoMonte at the Student Press Law Center is basically a hero to journalists. Lawyers in the D.C. area could really rake it in, but instead Frank spends his time making sure students are allowed to hold institutions accountable. And not as a fancy lawyer in a big firm who does First Amendment pro bono on the side—he works full-time at an underfunded nonprofit where student journalists can get all sorts of help for free.

Frank has an important piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed this week about the joke the federal government has turned FERPA into. Not a ha-ha joke—a scary one, if you care about truth and justice and all that. He is writing about universities, but the problems run through K-12 too.