Thursday, December 2, 2010

[SDCPJ] An important victory over aggressive recruiting in schools

On Nov. 30, 2010, the San Diego Unified school board voted 4-1 to adopt a policy to regulate and restrict recruiting in all the district's schools. This is a victory for many students, parents, teachers and community groups who worked long and hard for this goal.
 
The policy applies to all recruiters, including civilian employers, public colleges, for-profit colleges and trade schools, and the military. Because the military has been so aggressive in using school access, it is the group that will be most affected. The policy stipulates:
 
- only two recruiting visits/year
- no soliciting of personal information directly from students
- no disruption of classes or interfering with students
- recruiters must remain at a designated spot and not approach students
- no weapons displays
- equal access for organizations offering alternative information on military careers
- reporting of policy violations to the school board
- possible banning of recruiting organizations after two violations
- no use of the military's aptitude test (the ASVAB) in schools, unless its under release option 8 (i.e., not for recruiting)
 
You can read more about the policy, download key documents, and use video links to watch the two school board hearings that resulted in a 4-1 favorable vote. www.projectyano.org/educationnotarms/
 
The policy was developed over the last year by students working in consultation with others in the Education Not Arms Coalition (ENAC), a San Diego group that includes students, parents, teachers and various community groups. ENAC also led a successful campaign to remove JROTC rifle ranges from San Diego high schools in 2009.
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