The purpose of the Parents’ Bill of Rights is to inform parents (which also include legal
guardians or persons in parental relation to a student, but generally not the parents of a student
who is age eighteen or over) of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security and use of
student data. In addition to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
Education Law §2-d provides important new protections for student data, and new remedies for
breaches of the responsibility to maintain the security and confidentiality of such data.