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Parenting Organization Warns Parents of Minority Students About “Military Opt-Out Letters” Contained in School

Shirlee SmithPASADENA, CA (August 17, 2009).- Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith, a non-profit organization is providing a free video, "Military Recruitment: What Families Need to Know," to organizations and individuals who work within school districts that receive federal funds through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Caught Between rising unemployment rates and an opportunity to go to war in Afghanistan, one of the crucial issues families face is whether their children should join up and ship off to batte. Military Recruitment: What Families Need To Know moderated by the League of Women Voters and featuring a group of diverse panelist; recruiters, school administrator, parent, teacher, activist and JROTC Sgt. provide the answers parents need.

 But most important, at this time of year, the panel's discussion regarding Section 9528 of the NCLB legislation approved by Congress in 2001, that targets inner-city minority high school students because their schools receive these federal funds and are then required to notify parents of the option to request their child's information not be released to the military without their consent.

Shirlee Smith, whose organization sponsored the forum, held at Pasadena City College, works with parents throughout the country whose children attend inner city schools and says " These fall school registration packets are stacked with forms to fill out and only a few knowledgeable parents even pay attention to the Opt-Out letters, for many reasons but also because they've got so much else to fill out and take care of." Since they aren't read, Smith says, parents don't sign them which means they haven't Opted-Out, thus placing minority student information in the hands of recruiters.

To obtain a free copy of the DVD, Military Recruitment: What Families Need To Know, visit the organization's website at www.talkaboutparenting.org and to order free go to the "contact us" page.

[Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide parents with information that assists them in making decisions in the best interest of their children.]


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