Friday, April 22, 2005

Did You Know

That the No Child Left Behind Act requires all high schools that receive federal funding to turn over personal information regarding each student to the military.
(http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/107-110.pdf)

Title 20, Chapter 70, Section 7908 of the United States Code reads as follows:

(a) Policy
(1) Access to student recruiting information
Notwithstanding section 1232g (a)(5)(B) of this title and except as provided in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance under this chapter shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings.
(2) Consent
A secondary school student or the parent of the student may request that the student’s name, address, and telephone listing described in paragraph (1) not be released without prior written parental consent, and the local educational agency or private school shall notify parents of the option to make a request and shall comply with any request.
(3) Same access to students
Each local educational agency receiving assistance under this chapter shall provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as is provided generally to post secondary educational institutions or to prospective employers of those students.
(http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/search/display.html?terms=7908&url=/uscode/html/uscode20/usc_sec_20_00007908----000-.html)

Unfortunately, many schools do not inform parents of this law or of their right to opt-out.

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