Under the No Child Left Behind Act, school districts that receive federal funding are required to give military recruiters student directory information. In addition, the federal law also guarantees military recruiters the same access to high schools as colleges and employers, including making on-campus visitations.
Critics say recruiters paint an unrealistically rosy picture of military life — especially during wartime. Is it only fair that the military be given access to schools that reap the benefits of federal funding? If so, should recruitment efforts be more closely regulated, and parents more routinely informed of their right to prevent the release of their child’s information?
A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.