President Trump has called for a substantial increase in the number of soldiers in the military. Already, recruiters who "chill” in the high schools and lurk online are having a tough time meeting their quotas. They will become even more aggressive.
The "Every Child Succeeds Act" contains a provision that compels high schools to provide the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all students to any military recruiter who requests the information. The law also says that parents have the right to remove their kids' names from the lists being sent to the Pentagon, and that schools have the responsibility to tell parents that. A lot of school systems didn't get the message.
Only in Maryland are parents given an easy and directly presented means of opting out. The choice remains theirs, and they are empowered to make it. A right you do not learn about - or find any means to act on - is not a right at all!
Maryland is the only state thus far to pass a law that puts the military recruiter "opt-out" language on the school's mandatory emergency contact form. As a result, large numbers of Marylanders have exercised their right to opt out.
Click here to ask your state legislators to make our state the second to take this step.
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> Ch. 105, 2010 LAWS OF MARYLAND, Article – Education 7–111
> Student Emergency Information Form from Montgomery County, MD
> National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy: New Law Changes Opt-Out