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Waiting for
Military Recruitment Clarification....

Dennis Fox

October 30, 2003

In September, Newsday's Bob Keeler described varied responses to the federal No Child Left Behind Act's requirement that -- unless parents object -- schools give military recruiters student names, addresses, and phone numbers. Curious about Brookline's policy, I emailed a friend.

Date: 18 September 2003
To: Sue Senator [Brookline School Committee Member]
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: Fwd: Letting the Troops Through the School Door

Hi Sue,

What's Brookline policy on this issue? [Newsday article attached]

***

Date: 18 September
To: Dennis Fox
From: Sue Senator
Subject: Re: Fwd: Letting the Troops Through the School Door

Hi Dennis,

I'll find out and get back to you. I know that I don't want it!

[Later that day:]

Hi Dennis,

It seems that we don't have a school committee policy on this specifically. So it is an administrative issue, but neither [Committee Member] Kevin [Lang] nor I know what [BHS Headmaster] Bob Weintraub does about it. We suspect that the military would not get very far making cold calls to BHS or its students. You can ask Bob, though. If I hear anything else, I'll let you know.

***

Date: 18 September
To: Bob Weintraub
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: BHS policy question

Hello Bob Weintraub,

What is BHS's policy and practice on providing student names to military recruiters? As the attached Newsday article makes clear, practice differs in different locations. I don't believe there's a School Committee policy, and I'm wondering what's done here.

Thanks,

Dennis Fox
TAB columnist

***

Date: 18 September
To: Dennis Fox
From: Bob Weintraub
Subject: Re: BHS policy question

Dennis, I just wrote to the superintendent on this... I will forward my response to him to you. Bob

***

Date: 24 September
To: Bob Weintraub
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: Re: BHS policy question

Hi Bob, I don't know if this means you were about to send me something else, but nothing else ever came. Is there a formal BHS/Superintendent/School Committee policy on cooperation with the military-reporting requirement? How is it done at BHS? Thanks.

***

Date: 25 September
To: Dennis Fox
From: Bob Weintraub
Subject: Re: BHS policy question

Dennis, I forwarded the message I sent to the superintendent right after I wrote to you... It never arrived? It has now disappeared off my desktop... Can you check in with the superintendent's office on this?

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Date: 26 September
To: Richard Silverman
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: local policy on military cooperation

Dr. Silverman,

Last week I asked Bob Weintraub about BHS policy in response to the NCLB requirement that schools give student names to military recruiters. I forwarded to him a Newsday article about how different school systems have different responses. Bob said he meant to forward to me his email to you, but now says he can't find the message and asks if I can get it from you. In any case, what is BHS/School Department/School Committee policy and practice on this?

Thanks,
Dennis Fox
TAB columnist

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Date: 2 October
To: Dennis Fox
From: Richard Silverman
Subject: re: local policy on military cooperation

Dennis -- I will let Bob speak for himself, but I believe the practice has been to meet the requirements of the law. Dick

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Date: 2 October
To: Richard Silverman
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: Re: military recruiting policy

Dick,

I'm sure that's likely, but the question is how that's done. The Newsday article I sent you last week described how different principals and superintendents implement very different ways of complying. For example, I'd like to know if BHS simply hands the list over to the feds, or if BHS asks parents to return a form indicating whether they want the names turned over (as some schools do). What information do parents receive about their right to opt out, and how do they get that information? Thanks again.

***

Date: 2 October
To: Richard Silverman, Bob Weintraub
From: Dennis Fox
Subject: military recruiting policy

Hello Bob Weintraub and Dick Silverman,

I'd still like to know how BHS deals with the federal rule requiring cooperation with military recruiters. I understand this is a busy time, but I'd really appreciate some substantive feedback. Thanks.

***

27 October: I'm still waiting ....


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