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In the spring of 2003, students at Santa Cruz High School initiated the first Truth & Privacy campaign, with regard to military recruitment in Santa Cruz City School. This campaign established an opt-in policy with respect to military recruitment – so that under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, student contact information was not sent out to military recruiters without parental consent. In the summer of 2003, there was a federal challenge to our opt-in policy, leading to the initiation of a second Truth & Privacy campaign - moving away from opt-in and establishing of a strong opt-out policy.

Counter-recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public Schools

Scott Harding and Seth Kershner are the authors of a new book, Counter-recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public Schools (Palgrave Macmillan). Drawing on dozens of interviews with activists conducted between 2012 and 2014, their book describes the various tactics used to demilitarize public schools in the United States.  They also discuss case studies of successful organizing and advocacy to challenge the presence of military programs in educational settings. For more info, visit: http://www.palgrave.com.

 

 

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