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You have to be shtting me!

Ok, so I (and most of America really) know NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act) is full of crap, but I did not know how full of crap it was until I was reading an article on the Albuquerque Journal's website about a group, who’s funding is provided by the Army, that had a mandatory assembly for students at an local area high school. In the story I came across this:

Gatwood, Trigg and others aren't asking schools to keep recruiters away entirely. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools have no choice, unless they want to forgo their federal funding.

So basically if I am reading this right and if the Journal is reporting right, under NCLB, any school that accepts federal funding is being forced to allow recruiters on campus to harass students, and harass they do!

I remember being in high school and what might as well have been harassment from the “local Army / Navy / What have you” recruiters assigned to my school (Cibola High School for the record). Hell they would call the house looking for my sister (when she was in high school) and I. I think at one point my mom told them to fuck off (in nicer language) and then hung up on them. I so would have loved to tell them that I was gay! LOL.

Now do not get me wrong, I support our troupes (even if I do not support their commander) but I think that schools should be about learning, not recruiting for what ever. And now we have federal legistration that requires that these people be let on to the campus where our youth are there to learn, what a load of crap!

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
military recruiters in schools
You are reading it right- under Section 9528 of NCLB (pasted in, below), schools have to both provide the military with the contact information of juniors and seniors (usually) AND allow the recruiters to have as much access to students as college recruiters have.
But also under the same section is the provision that parents and students have the right to opt-out of having their names sent to the military. Schools and districts and supposed to publicize this, but don't.
And while many districts allow recruiters to roam the halls in the high schools, others have put in rules to be sure that the military recruiters really have equal, not more, access to students.

115 STAT. 1425 PUBLIC LAW 107–110—JAN. 8, 2002
Public Law 107–110
107th Congress

An Act To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Jan. 8, 2002 [H.R. 1]

‘‘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.

‘‘(b) NOTIFICATION.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall, not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, notify principals, school administrators, and other educators about the requirements of this section.

‘‘(c) EXCEPTION.—The requirements of this section do not apply to a private secondary school that maintains a religious objection to service in the Armed Forces if the objection is verifiable through the corporate or other organizational documents or materials of that school.

‘‘(d) SPECIAL RULE.—A local educational agency prohibited by Connecticut State law (either explicitly by statute or through statutory interpretation by the State Supreme Court or State Attorney General) from providing military recruiters with information or access as required by this section shall have until May 31, 2002, to comply with that requirement.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
HA even though I am living away from home in a different town and am enrolled in a university the navy still calls me apparently at home asking if I would join their navy nurse corps or something like that.

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Jordan
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