Recognizing the numerous state disclosure laws, this Comment serves as a call to Congress to reform FERPA to ensure protection of student privacy rights. Congress should reform 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b) to grant students individual enforceable rights through a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. This congressional action would serve as notice to courts that FERPA prohibits universities from disclosing private information and falls under the exceptions of state freedom of information acts. Further, providing students with actionable rights would bring students back into the discourse and grant students a meaningful remedy for their educational institutions’ violations of FERPA.

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