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Chicago Puts Off Vote On Military Recruiting in Schools

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The Chicago Board of Education has put off voting on a plan to restrict how the U.S. military recruits students inside city high schools. The policy would have prevented recruiters from roaming hallways and lunchrooms without chaperones.

The Board was expected to approve the rule at its meeting yesterday.

But it delayed the vote, after Chicago Alderman and Vietnam veteran James Balcer—and a group of uniformed servicemen—raised concerns.

Sergeant Louis Agostini is with the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chicago.

AGOSTINI: This is for the best interest of the high school students. Because if we limit the knowledge and information that’s available out there for a career—whether it be the military or the Marine Corps—you cut that back, you’re just limiting their opportunities and limiting their ability to make a well-informed decision.

For its part, the district says it needs to do a better job explaining the new rule to the military and others.

But with some opponents of recruiting demanding that no military personnel be allowed inside city high schools, its unlikely anyone will be completely satisfied.

I’m Jay Field, Chicago Public Radio.

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