Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo

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Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued November 27, 2001
Decided February 19, 2002
Full case nameOwasso Independent School District No. I-011, a.k.a. Owasso Public Schools, et al., Petitioners v. Kristja J. Falvo, Parent and Next Friend of Her Minor Children, Elizabeth Pletan, Philip Pletan, and Erica Pletan
Docket no.00-1073
Citations534 U.S. 426 (more)
122 S. Ct. 934; 151 L. Ed. 2d 896; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 619; 70 U.S.L.W. 4123; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 1546; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 1869; 15 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 116
Case history
Prior146 F. Supp. 2d 1137 (N.D. Okla. 1999); affirmed in part, reversed in part, 233 F.3d 1203 (10th Cir. 2000); rehearing en banc denied, 233 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2000); cert. granted, 533 U.S. 927 (2001).
Holding
Peer grading does not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Court membership
Chief Justice
William Rehnquist
Associate Justices
John P. Stevens · Sandra Day O'Connor
Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy
David Souter · Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg · Stephen Breyer
Case opinions
MajorityKennedy, joined by Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer
ConcurrenceScalia
Laws applied
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo, 534 U.S. 426 (2002), was a case in which the United States Supreme Court held in favor of the school district that students scoring each other's tests and calling out the grades do not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court. Justice Scalia wrote a concurring opinion in which he agreed with the ruling, but took issue with parts of Kennedy's opinion. The case originated in the District Court of and for Tulsa County, Oklahoma, where the court ruled in Owasso's favor. Falvo appealed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, where they overturned the district judge's decision and ruled in favor of Falvo. It was then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, where they partially reversed the lower court's judgment and partially affirmed it. They affirmed in regards to the 14th Amendment complaint, but reversed on the FERPA claim, stating that the peer grading act did in fact violate the terms of FERPA. The school board then appealed this to the Supreme Court of the United States, where it was heard on November 27, 2001, and decided on February 19, 2002.

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