Fall Opt-Out Campaign - Volunteers still needed

Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that requires public high schools to hand over private student information to military recruiters.
The purpose of this invasion of family privacy is to allow minor students to be recruited at home by telephone calls, mail and personal visits. If a school does not comply, it risks losing vital federal education funds.

The only way to keep your children's contact information from military recruiters is to submit an "opt-out" letter in writing to your school district's superintendent.

Section 9528 -- this little-known provision of the No Child Left Behind Act -- was originally inserted into the bill by Rep. David Vitter of Louisiana, with almost no debate in Congress. Vitter included this provision after learning from the Pentagon that many public schools maintained strict privacy policies protecting student information from being released to any outside parties, thus preventing aggressive military recruiting.

In addition, the Pentagon also recently set up a database of 30 million 16-25-year-olds, including name, address, email addresses, cell phone numbers, ethnicity, social security numbers and areas of study. This Pentagon database is updated daily and distributed monthly to the Armed Services for recruitment purposes.

Each year we place volunteers at school registration events to distribute opt-out forms and inform students and their parents about their rights to opt-out of having their personal information released to military recruiters.  We are still in need of volunteers for all of these events.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.  Below are all of the available times and places for volunteer shifts.

Wednesday, August 20
Benson High School

546 N.E. 12th
Junior Registration:  9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(Volunteer should be in place at 9:30 a.m.  We can probably get done by 11:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, August 19
Franklin High School

5405 S.E. Woodward
Senior Registration:  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Volunteers should be in place by 12:30 p.m.  We should be done by 2:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 20
Franklin High School

5405 S.E. Woodward
Junior Registration:  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Volunteers should be in place by 12:30 p.m.  We should be done by 2:00 p.m.)
Current volunteers:  Cherie H., Joanne L.

Friday, August 22
Grant High School

2245 N.E. 36th Avenue
Juniors and Seniors pickup schedules:  8:00 a.m. - noon
(Volunteers should be in place by 8:00 a.m.  We should be done by 11:30 a.m.)