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Monday, August 29, 2005

Top 10 Reasons to Repeal NCLB: # 10

Top 10 Reasons to Repeal Parts or All of NCLB

Reason # 10. Buried in the 600+ pages of NCLB is this little nugget that assures military recruiters access to personal information on every high school student in a public school receiving federal Title I funding:

SEC. 9528. ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO STUDENTS AND STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION.

(a) POLICY-

(1) ACCESS TO STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION- Notwithstanding section 444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act and except as provided in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act 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 Act 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.

For those parents and teachers needing information about opting out of this “opportunity,” visit the Leave My Child Alone website for information on getting your child or your students off the recruiters’ prospect list.

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