New York City High Schoolers Vs. The US Military
It's now easier than ever for the military to contact and recruit city high school students, and some city leaders are outraged
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
New York, NY —
The military will now get student contact information directly from the Department of Education, instead of going through each high school individually.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says even colleges and employers don't get that kind of access.
STRINGER: This is a list exclusive for the military. If IBM wants to recruit our kids, they got to go to the fair, job fair. If Apple computer wants our kids they got to go to the fair, to all the schools.
REPORTER: School districts are required to give military recruiters contact information for their students under the No Child Left Behind Law, and they can lose funding if they don't.
Stringer appeared at a news conference today with the New York Civil Liberties Union, and other elected officials to oppose the move.
High schoolers can opt out of military recruitment by sending a letter to the Department of Education.