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  • We speak with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) who is backing a bill that would make it easier for parents to block military recruiters from gaining access to their high school-aged children. The bill seeks to amend a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act that requires school districts to provide the Pentagon the names, addresses and phone numbers of every student in the school. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 18, 2005 | Story
  • Students around the country have launched a national week of campus resistance to mark the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion and high profile counter-recruitment protests are being staged at university campuses around the country. We speak with a former marine and recruiter’s assistant who is now speaking out against the military and two people arrested during a protest against military recruiters on university campus. [includes...
    Mar 18, 2005 | Story
  • Education Secretary Rod Paige resigned after a tenure defined by his defense of the No Child Left Behind Act. We speak with Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association which Paige called a "terrorist organization" for the way it opposed the law. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 16, 2004 | Story
  • A new study buried by the Bush administration finds that children attending charter schools score lower on standardized tests than students at regular public schools. We host a debate on charter schools and the No Child Left Behind Act. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 20, 2004 | Story
  • Democracy Now! speaks with Michael Cervantes, an Army veteran with Veterans for Peace who is campaiging against Bush’s policy to target high school students for military recruitment. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 20, 2004 | Story
  • Foreign and U.S. students are opposing a new university fee that funds a government tracking system to watch them, known as SEVIS–basically charging students for their own surveillance. We speak with students at two universities who have taken direct, grassroots actions to oppose the fee. [Includes rush transcript]
    Mar 30, 2004 | Story
  • After Neil Bush was banned from banking activities for his role in the Savings and Loan scandal in the late 1980s, he decided to bank on education and founded Ignite Incorporated. Ignite sells software to help students prepare to take comprehensive tests required under the No Child Left Behind act that was pushed through by Neil’s older brother–President Bush. [includes transcript]
    Mar 12, 2004 | Story
  • The Bush administration’s aggressive support of school vouchers, the so-called faith-based initiative and the No Child Left Behind Act has drawn criticism from teachers unions across the country. We host a debate between Stan Karp, editor of the newspaper Rethinking Schools and a longtime school teacher and Howard Fuller, the chair of the Board of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and professor at Marquette University. [includes...
    Mar 12, 2004 | Story
  • There is a little known provision in the "No Child Left Behind Act" which requires public high schools to release student contact information to military recruiters. But is there a link between signing up for the SAT, and attracting the interest of the military because of the way the information is distributed? Worried about the prospect of war with Iraq, Youth Radio’s AJ Herrmann decided to investigate and sent us this story.
    Mar 12, 2003 | Story
  • An article in the current issue of Mother Jones magazine goes something like this:

    The principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont, Sharon Shea-Keneally, was shocked when she received a letter in May from military recruiters. The letter demanded a list of all her students, including names, addresses, and phone numbers.

    Nov 13, 2002 | Story