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May 13, 2010
3:26 PM

CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

Maryland First to Bar Schools Releasing Tests to Military

WASHINGTON - May 13 - AP is reporting: "A first-of-its-kind law bars public high schools in Maryland from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters, a practice that critics say was giving the armed forces backdoor access to young people without their parents' consent. School districts around the country have the choice of whether to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam, and ones that offer it typically pass the scores and students' contact information directly to the military."

Elder is a member of the Maryland Coalition to Protect Student Privacy in Bethesda, Maryland. He led the drive to prohibit the use of the ASVAB test for recruiting purposes in Maryland.

Jahnkow works with the Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities in San Diego. He spearheaded the effort to prohibit military testing for recruitment purposes in California. The campaign resulted in both houses of the California legislature passing a measure that was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Founder and coordinator of the Coalition for Alternatives to Militarism in Our Schools in Los Angeles, Arlene led the effort to ban ASVAB testing for recruitment purposes in L.A.'s schools.



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