By law, schools are now required to give the names, phone numbers, addresses and parents' names of high school juniors and seniors to the military for recruiting purposes. Some parents say that's an invasion of their child's privacy.
Sharing that information is part of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act.
"The access to student directory information is necessary," Maj. Sandra Troeber, Pentagon Spokesperson said. "The cost of recruiting has doubled for the past decade."
The Pentagon also says that parents have the option to withhold their child's information if they choose. But it's up to schools to notify parents that the information is being disseminated and also how to request that the information be withheld.
"We send out the student newspaper, also the district newsletter, and include it in that," Marathon Schools Superintendent Gary Adams said. "Whether or not they read that ... but I think [there's] general awareness [that this is being done]."
The American Civil Liberties Union says, however, that schools need to make sure parents know they can bar that information from being given out.
"It's unclear how many districts are providing adequate notice to students and parents about this provision," Chris Ahmuty, Executive Director of Wisconsin's ACLU said. "The ACLU is hoping that if districts haven't already done so, that they provide students and parents the opportunity to insist on affirmative parental consent before this information is disclosed to military recruiters."
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No Child Left Behind
On Jan. 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This new law represents his education reform plan, and made many changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was enacted in 1965.
The act contains the President's four basic education reform principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
Here is a description of the four basic education reform principles in No Child Left Behind:
Stronger Accountability for Results
States are responsible for having strong academic standards for what every child should know and learn in reading, math, and science for elementary, middle and high schools.
Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, schools must administer tests in each of three grade spans: grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12 in all schools. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, tests must be administered every year in grades 3 through 8. Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, science achievement must also be tested.
Record Flexibility for States and Communities
The new law gives all 50 states and every local school district in America greater say in using the federal education dollars they receive every year.
Concentrating Resources on Proven Education Methods
No Child Left Behind will target education dollars to research-based programs that have been proven to help most children learn.
More Choices for Parents
No Child Left Behind offers many new ways to help students, schools, and teachers. It also gives parents options for helping their children if they are enrolled in schools chronically identified as in need of improvement. In fact these new parental choices will be available starting in the 2002-03 school year for students already enrolled in schools that have been identified as in need of improvement under current law.
Source: http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov/next/overview/index.html (No Child Left Behind Web Site) contributed to this report