Action: Alternatives to Military Recruitment at AISD
We want to gather information about military recruitment in the AISD, comparing military recruitment with college recruitment in area schools and brainstorming non-military options for mentoring and community involvement. This information will then be used in a future meeting with the AISD school board.
Rather than focus our presentation around a "pro-war vs. anti-war" stance, we want to explore the effect of military recruitment, and of the privileging of military recruitment over other options, on students' educations. Part of this project will involve contacting students who would be effective spokespeople at board meetings and brainstorming lists of groups who might currently be denied mentoring/leadership access to students.
We also want to remain in contact with Austin Youth Activists about their march/rally scheduled for October 1st.
Research for Next Meeting:
- What is the policy of NCLB regarding access to military recruiters? How much access is required under the law?
- How many AISD students have been recruited by the military? How do these numbers break down by race and class?
- How does military recruitment compare to college recruitment on area campuses? How many AISD students are admitted into colleges/universities? How do these numbers break down by race and class?
- Does the military recruit at all area schools equally, or are some schools more likely to have recruiters?
- What is the accreditation or training status of people teaching the Leadership Class at Webb Middle School?
- What is the racial breakdown of casualties from the war in Iraq?