Intercollegiate Podcast Extra: Frank LoMonte on how public universities hide behind FERPA

  
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Good morning! We have a little treat.

Our sister publication, The Intercollegiate, publishes a very smart weekly podcast with some of the finest minds casting a critical eye on college athletics. Those interviews are sometimes so deep, so engaging, that we can’t cram all of the good stuff in there.

We’ll be sharing those…uh…Extra Points with paid subscribers to this newsletter, but, as a treat, we’ll make this one free for everybody.

You can subscribe for just $7 a month, or $70 for the year. Paid subscribers get four newsletters a week, plus bonus audio just like this.

Our inaugural bonus segment comes from Daniel Libit’s recent podcast episode with Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. LoMonte, a trained lawyer and former journalist, is arguably the country’s foremost expert on higher ed First Amendment and public disclosure issues . In this part of their discussion, LoMonte talks about the history and mystery of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, and how it has come to be used and misused to conceal public university records from the public.