Wednesday, October 3

PEP rejects proposal to curb "aggressive" military recruitment

After NYCLU's report came out criticizing the latitude military recruiters are given in many of the city's schools, Patrick Sullivan brought a resolution in front of the Panel for Educational Policy that would have given schools better guidelines on how to deal with recruiters. The resolution seems more than reasonable -- among other things, it recommends that the DOE prohibit recruiters from using class time and that someone at each school be trained to advise students about military recruitment -- but Chancellor Klein and his appointees to the panel voted against it, and it did not pass. Their reason, according to Sullivan's account on the NYC Public School Parents blog: the measures would unduly burden the schools. How thoughtful -- but since when has the DOE seen new requirements for principals and schools as an impediment to new initiatives?

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