In case you thought the No Child Left Behind Act was all about education, beware of tiny clauses embedded in the layers of testing and accountability legalese.
A group called Military Free Zone wants to alert the public to a little-known provision in George W. Bush’s NCLB Act that allows military recruiters to gather private contact information on all public high school students. Organizers offer tips on how to resist recruiters and how to take action against what they call an invasion of privacy.
Although slightly over the top with sinister, conspiratorial messages, the group’s Web site includes an “opt-out” form that students can fill out and turn in to their high schools. This form lets students retain their privacy rights when the military comes to call at the school.