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Maryland First to Bar Schools Releasing Tests to Military

WASHINGTON - 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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