Stopping the School to Military Pipeline, by Carol Masters | Rise Up Times

Through the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, Congress strengthened the military’s school recruitment mandate by tying collaboration with military recruiters to federal education funding. Federal law requires schools to release the names, addresses, and numbers of all high school students to military recruiters through the  Every Student Succeeds Act. (National Center for Education Statistics  (https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/stu_privacy/military.asp)

Military recruiters use these inroads to form relationships with impressionable youths, and it’s legal.[*]

Parents do have the right to “opt out” in writing from having their child’s information sent to military recruiters, and schools must notify parents they have the right to opt out. BUT: Parents often are not aware of this, and most schools do a terrible job of informing them. Parents and community members have organized for decades to try and limit recruiters’ access to students and to guide young people toward civilian jobs. Today, with AOC, we have a strong voice within Congress to counter the hysteria of U.S. militarization and war making (hopefully, not a solitary one).

Stopping the School to Military Pipeline, by Carol Masters | Rise Up Times