Bunk. FERPA (the Family Educational Records Protection Act) is supposed to apply here. But it’s meaningless. (There has never been a university which was punished for releasing student information without permission.)
Duke University released student information to Nifong
in order to help him find students who he could charge (falsely) with rape, so that the local community wouldn’t riot and burn Duke. (someone had to be arrested, so pick three...)
It then lied about having given him that info, in a court process that was a charade. The DOE didn’t care; the defendants there were non-PC.
Now the DOE is wringing its hands over whether or not to permit the release of how much government (”our”) money was used to support budding terrorists. And whether we have the “right to know”.
My guess is that they will decide we don’t have any right to know. End of story.
(How dare simple citizens want to know?)
The DOE, like FERPA, is a joke.
What do you think would happen if Sparky's records were obtained?