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Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA)

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment. This federal law applies to all children not over age 21 who are in elementary or secondary programs and institutions that receive funding for any purpose (research or otherwise) from the U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to protect the rights of students and their parents in educational settings. Among other things, it requires researchers to obtain prior written consent from parents before conducting research activities with studies that involve eight sensitive areas (such as sex behavior or attitudes).