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Parents of high school students may watch anxiously as their children are introduced to various career paths.

When the introduction to post high school education is a military recruiter who makes promises of finances for higher education and patriotism and minimizes the possibility of being killed in a war, how can parents help their child make the best decision?

Many parents are now protesting the open access the military has to the public schools and the personal records of each high school student which is a part of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Student Privacy Protection Act of 2005 — H.R. 5511 — which has been introduced in the House of Representatives, requires schools to first obtain parental permission before releasing private student information to military recruiters.

Parents who do not want military recruiters to have open access to their child's records need to be informed about their student's rights. This information is available from many places.

An excellent repository of information is the Web site of the Bloomington-Normal Citizens for Peace and Justice. The BNCPJ meets the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1613 Emerson in Bloomington. All interested people are invited to attend the meetings.

Ruth Gnagey

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