Are there ways that a school or LEA may disclose PII from education records (other than directory information) to a community-based organization without obtaining written consent of the parent or eligible student?

Yes.  If the disclosure meets one of the exceptions set forth in § 99.31 of the regulations, a school or LEA may disclose PII from an education record of a student without consent to a community-based organization.  We note, however, that there are three exceptions to the written consent requirement that schools or LEAs most often consider when disclosing PII from education records to community-based organizations.  These exceptions are the “school official,” “studies,” and “audit/evaluation” exceptions (see 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(1), 99.31(a)(6), and 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35, respectively).