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NCLB Directory Information Law

Here is a note from Bill Cala, New York superintendent who has been battling the NCLB provision on military recruitment.

The military has relented and accepted a process that I have developed for the active approval by parents of directory information. The process is as follows: Each student and parent is to complete an emergency information card. That information includes names and numbers of people to contact in case of a student emergency. On the back of the card is a letter to parents informing them of NCLB directory information law. At the bottom of the letter, parents must check off one of two boxes,

1. I want directory information released to the military or

2. I DO NOT want directory information released.

Parents then sign at the bottom. All cards are returned, thus all letters are returned and most importantly ALL parents are actively notified.

The federal Department of Education and the Department of Defense want a passive process whereby a notice is placed in a newsletter (or some other bulk mailing) and parents must write a letter to stop the release of the information.

We believe this to be a major victory for the privacy for parents and students.

According to the Department of Defense, we have been the only "non-compliant" school in the country.

— William Cala, Superintendent
Fairport School District


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