“No Child Left Behind” Act
The military’s attempts to acquire the private information of high school students for use in their aggressive recruitment campaigns
A provision in the “No Child Left Behind” Act, signed by President George W. Bush in 2002, seeks to bolster military recruitment efforts by requiring high schools to give military recruiters private information about their students or lose federal funding. Though the Act requires the schools to obtain parent and/or student consent to release private information, the manner in which the military gains consent is controversial.
Most schools use the “Opt Out” method, meaning the information will be given to the recruiters unless the parents choose not to have this information released. A few schools have chosen a fairer “Opt In” approach, where information is released only when the parents give their affirmative permission for the recruiters to contact the student. The ACLU is trying to inform students and parents about these options, and encouraging more schools to switch to “Opt In.”
- Text of the “No Child Left Behind” Act signed by President Bush in 2001
Contact with the Schools
- Letter from the NYCLU to New York State Public High School Principals about the “No Child Left Behind” Act
- Parental Consent Form for the “No Child Left Behind” Act
- Student Consent Form for the “No Child Left Behind” Act
- Resource Center for Nonviolence’s informational page on the Opt In/Opt Out procedures in the “No Child Left Behind” Act.
- New York Civil Liberties Union’s efforts to help high school students and parents protect their privacy in response to the “No Child Left Behind” Act
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