S. 3472: Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)

S. 3472

Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu

December 30, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider S. 3472, the Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA), under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on August 1, 2012, by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and approved in the Senate of December 17, 2012, by Unanimous Consent.

Bill Summary

S. 3472 would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 which prohibits the Department of Education from funding educational agencies or institutions that release student educational records without written parental consent. The bill would expand the exceptions under which an educational institution may release a student’s educational records without the consent of the student or parent. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 institutions that receive funding from the Department of Education are prohibited from providing a student’s education records except under certain circumstances, such as to another school to which the student is transferring, to accrediting organizations, or to state and local authorities pursuant to specific state law.

S. 3472 would allow schools to release a student’s education records to a caseworker, state or local child welfare representative, or tribal organization that has the right to access the student’s case plan. The bill would also allow schools to release a student's education records under court order without notifying the parent if the parent is involved in a court proceeding regarding child abuse and neglect or child dependency, and the court order is issued as a result of those proceedings.


A CBO score for S. 3472 was not available as of press time.