The news item:
SALEM, Ore. -- A new bill passed by the Oregon House is designed to get Oregon students thinking about the future.
House Bill 2732 would require students to submit a college or Armed Forces application or attend an orientation related to an apprenticeship or training opportunity in order to get their high school diploma.
Critics of the bill might say this requirement would be an obstacle because it costs money to apply to some schools. For example, it costs $50 to submit an application to an Oregon University System school, but deferrals may be granted in some cases.
I don't know about other public high schools, but School District 4J has a 2 tiered graduation system, one allows for a student to have enough credits to graduate, and another gives a student enough credits to enter college.
Also private schools are not likely subject to these kinds of rules.
How ironic to require a student to apply to college, but not necessarily have enough credits to be admitted to college.
I find it offensive that there would be a graduation requirement option, to fill out an application for the armed forces. Any male student wanting any kind of financial aid for college is required to sign up w selective service. As soon as your child turns 18, that selective service application arrives in the mail.
If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. What is the penalty for not registering?
Failure to register is a violation of the Military Selective Service Act. Conviction for such a violation may result in imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000.
Make no mistake- registering for selective service is NOT the same as applying to the Armed Services.
The military solicitations will start to arrive when your child is 15 years old even if you sign the "no military solicits" card @ the high school. If all that is not bad enough, high schools allow military recruiters to roam the halls or sometimes address captive audiences in classrooms during class time. The military services are predatory on young kids in high school. You just know this armed forces application will wind up having some unknowing kids tricked into enlisting.
If the Oregon legislature wants to " help ensure students are thinking about their future as they leave high school.", why not make sure they have college funding & jobs?
They never did answer the question Cindy Sheehan asked years ago when her son was killed in Iraq- "What is the Noble Cause?"