MD Senate passes bill to protect student info from recruiters

On Wednesday, the Maryland Senate passed, by a vote of 24-23, a bill to prohibit military recruiters from automatically receiving information about students who take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. The bill has already passed the Maryland legislature's lower house by a vote of 102-37, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

The bill was the product of the Maryland Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, a statewide campaign by parents, students, teachers and civil-rights organizations including the Maryland ACLU. According the the coalition, "during the 2006-2007 school year, the last year for which such data is available, 6,816 students in 156 public schools across Maryland took the ASVAB, and 91% of them had their test results and private information (including social security numbers) forwarded to military recruiting services without parental consent and often without parental knowledge."

A list (.pdf) of Wisconsin high schools that provide the ASVAB is here...

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is already considering the possibility of pursuing a similar bill in the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. To learn more, please contact WNPJ Program Coordinator Steve Burns, at (608) 250-9240, or outreach@wnpj.org