[112th Congress Public Law 278]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 112-278
112th Congress

                                 An Act

   To amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to 
 provide improvements to such Act. <<NOTE: Jan. 14, 2013 -  [S. 3472]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Uninterrupted 
Scholars Act (USA). 20 USC 1221 note.>> 

    This Act may be cited as the ``Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)''.

    Section 444(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 
1232g(b)) (commonly known as the ``Family Educational Rights and Privacy 
Act of 1974'') is amended--
            (1) in paragraph (1)--
                    (A) in subparagraph (J)(ii), by striking ``and'' 
                after the semicolon at the end;
                    (B) in subparagraph (K)(ii), by striking the period 
                at the end and inserting ``; and''; and
                    (C) by inserting after subparagraph (K), the 
            ``(L) an agency caseworker or other representative of a 
        State or local child welfare agency, or tribal organization (as 
        defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and 
        Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), who has the right to 
        access a student's case plan, as defined and determined by the 
        State or tribal organization, when such agency or organization 
        is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, 
        for the care and protection of the student, provided that the 
        education records, or the personally identifiable information 
        contained in such records, of the student will not be disclosed 
        by such agency or organization, except to an individual or 
        entity engaged in addressing the student's education needs and 
        authorized by such agency or organization to receive such 
        disclosure and such disclosure is consistent with the State or 
        tribal laws applicable to protecting the confidentiality of a 
        student's education records.''; and
            (2) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting ``, except when a 
        parent is a party to a court proceeding involving child abuse 
        and neglect (as defined in section 3 of the Child Abuse 
        Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note)) or 
        dependency matters, and the order is issued in the context of 
        that proceeding, additional notice to the parent by the 
        educational agency or

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        institution is not required'' after ``educational institution or 

    Approved January 14, 2013.


                                                        Vol. 158 (2012):
                                    Dec. 17, considered and passed 
                                    Dec. 30, considered in House.
                                                        Vol. 158 (2013):
                                    Jan. 1, considered and passed House.