Seattle Public Schools is considering new rules that would significantly limit access for military recruiters on high school campuses. According to the Seattle Times,
The proposed rules mandate that:
• Recruiters be confined to designated areas on campus.
• All military recruiters wear uniforms.
• No private appointments be held between recruiters and students on
campus, and no private appointments be held when a student is due in
• Schools post recruiting rules and upcoming visits on campus throughout the year.
• Organizations advocating alternative careers to the military be
allowed on campus at the same time and in the same location as military
• Recruiters first receive written
permission to be on campus from the principal or a principal’s
designee. Recruiters must sign in and out of the school office at each
visit and leave clear contact details on any written information left
The proposal follows school-year activism on the part of the Garfield High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), and its co-chairwoman Amy Hagopian. In May, the PTSA adopted a symbolic resolution banning recruiters from campus.
"I applaud the fact that they are looking at this issue, and
appreciate the fact they took our field stance seriously enough they
examined districtwide policies," [Hagopian] said.
Hagopian added she would have liked the district to go further by
outlining its anti-discrimination policy to the military, which does
not allow openly gay soldiers.