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The Right to Opt Out from Recruiter Contacts – Every school year, as required by federal law, high schools release student contact information (name, address, telephone number) to military recruiters UNLESS the student has exercised his/her right to “opt out” from recruiter contacts. As a result of Aim Higher’s work, high school students in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are provided a “Military Recruiter Opt-Out Form” at the beginning of the school year, inside the front cover of the Student Handbook. Also due to Aim Higher’s efforts, the opt-out form must only be completed once by a student and will remain in effect through graduation.
Aim Higher urges students to submit their opt-out forms no later than the beginning of their Junior year to ensure that their privacy rights are protected and that their information is not shared with the military.
In Fall 2014, about 20% of JCPS high school students chose to opt out from contact by military recruiters, though the rate varied tremendously by school. Some schools’ opt-out rates exceeded 60%.
Want to see the Military Recruiter Opt-Out Form? CLICK HERE
ASVAB – Aim Higher is building a campaign to demand that JCPS protect student privacy rights by requiring high schools to select Release Option 8 (no release of information to military recruiters) in all testing contracts with the military.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a student aptitude test administered in high school and provided free-of-charge by the military as a tool for military recruitment. The test is the same one used by the military for every new recruit, and is primarily designed to measure aptitude for military jobs, not civilian careers. Unless the school insists otherwise (by selecting “Release Option 8” in its ASVAB administration contract), the student’s ASVAB score and contact information are automatically released to military recruiters – the student has no say whatsoever on whether his/her information is released. This is a violation of JCPS’ own Student Bill of Rights, which guarantees students with “The Right to Confidentiality of Student Records.”
Right now, you can help by simply saying “NO!” to ASVAB. Ask for other aptitude and “career academic readiness” testing. By law, ASVAB cannot be mandatory.
Want more information about the ASVAB test, who it really benefits, and Release Option 8? CLICK HERE
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