No child left behind

dreamgardenMay 16, 2005

You may not know it, but under a little known provision of No Child Left Behind, public high schools must hand over personal information about students -- including minors -- to local military recruiters. I think it's a real invasion of family privacy. The good news is, parents can get their kids off this list by submitting a request in writing to their school district superintendent.

There is a site with a useful online tool that makes it easy to "opt out" children from the list high schools are required to release to military recruiters. Just go to Not only can you get your own kids off the list, you can help change the law that lets military recruiters prey on our minor children without the parents' explict permission.

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While I have my own problems with the No Child Left Behind Act, I'm not sure what the source of their information is.

I searched the entire contents of the act, and find nothing about recruiters.

The only thing related to the military are provisions to ensure children in military families who go to public schools near the military bases have good schools to go to. They are catching up on a backlog of repairs in those schools as part of this bill.

The Leave My Child Alone site is run by a company out of California called Working Assets, who have a great political agenda. The site is on a political mission.

I only wish they'd fight the fundamental problems with the Act, regarding the education of our children, instead of trying to kill it with misinformation that only leads to paranoia and mistrust in our wonderful country, which I feel blessed to live in, regardless of who is in the White House.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to actual bill

    Bookmark   June 14, 2005 at 9:20AM
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I found this on the Dept. of Education website. I searched around to determine if this news is true since well meaning "friends" routinely send me nonsense of this type.

I wonder if parents do "opt out" if their wishes are respected or if there is a chance the info will mistakenly get turned over anyway. Having this rider as part of an educational act seems silly to me.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 4:26PM
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