This trend is especially true in school systems with many low-income and minority students, the Globe noted.
Since 2002, under the federal No Child Left Behind law, high schools have been required to provide lists of students’ names, telephone numbers, and addresses to military recruiters who ask for them, as well as to colleges and potential employers. Students who don’t want to be contacted – or their parents – have to notify school districts in writing.
Though no official national statistics are available, a group founded six months ago to raise awareness of the law said visitors to its website have downloaded 37,000 copies of a form that can be used to remove students’ names from the lists. The Globe says the trend has been driven by continuing casualties in
Military officials downplayed the significance of the trend, stressing that the information from high schools is only one way to reach potential recruits. The alternatives include motor vehicle registration databases, college day fairs at the schools, or trolling for recruits at shopping malls.