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Leave My Child Alone!

Under a little known provision of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program, public high schools are now required to hand over personal information about every student — including minors — to local military recruiters. I think it's a real invasion of family privacy. The good news is parents can get their kids off this list by submitting a request in writing to their school district superintendent.

I just found some great information and a useful online tool that makes it easy to "opt out" children from the list high schools are required to release to military recruiters. Just go to http://www.leavemychildalone.org. Not only can you get your own kids off the list, you can help change the law that gives military recruiters access to our minor children without their parents' explicit permission. Hope you find it useful! And tell other people you know about LeaveMyChildAlone.org!

During the fall and winter, hundreds of "Opt Out" house parties are being held across the country. Details on organizing "Opt Out" events can be found on the LeaveMyChildAlone website.

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Last updated: November 25, 2005