Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007
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The Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007 (H.R.1346) would amend Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which currently forces schools receiving federal money to provide contact information for juniors and seniors to military recruiters.
Currently, students and parents have the right to "opt out" from their school providing their names, addresses, and phone numbers to the Pentagon for military recruitment. However, the opt-out notices are often buried deep within student handbooks, or are not provided to students and parents in the first place.
Rep. Honda's bill would change from an "opt out" model to an "opt in" arrangement, whereby military recruiters may only obtain contact information for students whose parent has provided written consent.
Action and status
The bill was first introduced in the 109th Congress by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), but made no progress. Rep. Honda reintroduced the bill on March 6, 2007, and it was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. On June 5, 2007, the measure was referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
As of June 2007, the bill had the following 56 co-sponsors: