No Child Left Unrecruited


| January / February 2003


An obscure provision buried deep in the 670 pages of the No Child Left Behind Act, passed by Congress a year ago, requires public schools to turn over names, address, and phone numbers of all their students to military recruiters. As Mother Jones (Nov./Dec. 2002) reports, the Pentagon is routinely spurned by more than 19,000 schools nationwide, leading Rep. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) to sponsor the provision. Such schools, he said, “demonstrated an anti-military attitude that I thought was offensive.”