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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 16, 2019 09:38 AM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Amending Act 10 of June 27,1991 Regarding Military Recruiter Access
Back in 1990 when the late Representative John H. Broujos (Colonel, USMC Retired) and Speaker Bill DeWeese (Lieutenant, USMC Retired) sat down and discussed how best to get high school students involved in military service, it was decided that the students should have an opportunity to meet with a military recruiter to discuss options. Thus, Act 10 of 1991 was debated, voted upon and passed into law. The one caveat back in 1991 is that charter and cyber schools were not in the forefront of any Members' mind at that time. In order to correct that, and to bring our State statute into alignment with the Federal laws, I will be re-introducing legislation to cover charter and cyber schools.

Currently Act 10 of 1991 requires each public school district to provide armed forces recruiters with the same access to junior and senior students as is available to institutions of higher education and trade schools. This access includes a list of junior and senior male and female students by name, address and, if published, telephone number. Further, according to the act nonpublic school compliance is optional.

In 2001, the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was passed with Section 9528 titled “Armed Forces Recruiter Access to Students and Student Recruiting Information”. This section requires all local education agencies which receive assistance under NCLB to provide recruiters and institutions of higher education with access to secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings upon request, and to provide recruiters with the same access to students is given to institutions of higher education and prospective employers. As interpreted by Federal officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the term “secondary school students” refers to juniors and seniors. Further, this section provides that nonpublic schools receiving assistance under NCLB that maintain a religious objection shall not be required to comply with these requirements. For nonpublic schools that do not receive assistance under NCLB compliance is optional.

Both Act 10 and NCLB provide for student/parent notification of the release of student information, and also provide that each public and nonpublic school must comply with requests for exclusion from the release of such information to recruiters.

Today's military is not the the military of the past. Today's military, offers scholarships and training which allow our young people to be academically and professionally prepared to provide a multitude of career services to our state; including, but not limited to, medical services, advanced cyber security, law enforcement services, comprehensive legal services, a full range of engineering skills, satellite technology, communications and network development, and logistical and administrative support.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Previous co-sponsors:

Introduced as HB239