Federal Legislation
September 19, 2002

H.R. 5331[No official title] To Fix the Family Educational Records Act (FERPA)

Action Requested:
None at this time.


Official purpose: To amend the General Education Provisions Act to clarify the definition of a student regarding family educational and privacy rights.

Introduced September 4, 2002 by Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN 2nd)



9/4/2002:Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
9/4/2002:Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
10/7/2002:A motion was made to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/7/2002:Passed House, without amendment.
10/8/2002:Received in the Senate.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA supports H.R. 5331. Specific privacy problems have arisen in various states across the US regarding the records of homeschoolers. Because current law does not protect these records anyone can obtain them through freedom of information laws even if the local school would not otherwise make them available.

H.R. 5331 would afford homeschool records the same protections as public school records. This bill is the first step in assuring that homeschool records held by the state remain private. In order for this bill to become law, it must be passed by the senate before the current congressional session expires at the end of the year. HSLDA will keep you informed if or when action is needed on your part.

 Other Resources


H.R. 5331 (pdf)

Fixing FERPA: Protect Homeschoolers' Privacy 9/9/2002

House Votes to Protect Homeschoolers' Privacy 10/9/2002