May 25, 2006

Calif. bill targets military recruiters in schools

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's Assembly approved on
Thursday a bill that could make it more difficult for military
recruiters to contact high school students.

The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill on a 43-30 vote.
It now goes to the state's Democrat-controlled Senate.

The bill would require school districts to provide parents
with the opportunity to the tell the districts if they do not
want contact information given to third parties.

"Many parents have been shocked with the aggressiveness of
military recruiters. In many cases, parents were not aware that
their children's personal information would be released to
recruiters, nor that they had the right to opt out of the
release of information to the military," said Democratic
Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, the bill's author.

The Assembly vote came as officials in San Francisco, host
to some of the largest anti-war rallies in the nation in recent
years, mull whether to evict Junior Reserve Officer Training
Corps programs from city high schools to protest the Pentagon's
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy toward gay troops.