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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When a high school student turns 18, do you believe they are an adult or still in need of parent monitoring? A recent post on our THV Facebook page had us look into what rights parents have once their kid reaches age 18. What we found out may surprise some of you.

FERPA, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows parents to have access to their children's education records, but only for a certain amount of time.

According to FERPA, parents have the right to have access to their children's education records, seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records util a student turns 18 or enters a postsecondary institution at any age. Then the rights transfer from the parents to the student. Dr. Brenda Bowls says, "For example an 18-year old can sign themselves out, they can get their report cards, they can register themselves."

Dr. Brenda Bowls, Pulaski County Special School District Assistant Superintendent says, they believe the parent still has a role in their child's education at 18. Bowls says, "We continue to treat the parent as the parent and give them those rights unless that student intervenes and says I don't want anyone else to have access to my records."

So, we asked you on our Facebook page what you think about this and here's what

Kayla Lambert had to say, "When you are 18 you are legally an adult and can make your own decisions. In school or not." As for Brandy Zorn-Shinn, she feels differently, "I pay for my son education they send me ALL grades he is 18 and graduates in May." And Facebook fan Susan Mo made this comment "Wooho! Does that mean they'll start sending the bills to the child, too? Lunch, trips, sports and music fees...I can't wait! isn't growing up fun, kiddos?"

FERPA was enacted in 1974. Institutions that receive federal funding are required to comply with this law. FERPA also applies to college students even if the parent is paying for their child's higher education.

Here's the description ofFERPA:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children's education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student ("eligible student"). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. ยง 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.