Resources for Letter-Writers
If you can write just three letters, these are the ones that could make a difference:1. Write to the Pentagon
Write to the Pentagon urging them (be reasonable and persuasive, so they'll read it) to protect family privacy by taking the following actions:
Establish an informational 800# with Opt Out instructions
Post prominent Opt Out instructions on the Dept. of Defense web site
Take minors off of the database entirely
Implement a national "Do Not Call List" for military recruitment
Joint Advertising and Marketing Research & Studies Office (JAMRS)
Attention: Opt Out
4040 North Fairfax Drive, Ste. 200
Arlington, VA 22203
2. Write to your state School Board Association
Write to your state School Board Association encouraging them to do two things to protect family privacy. Their policy often impacts districts throughout the state:
Formally endorse The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 551), enclosing this sample Endorsement of 551
Adopt an Optimum Opt Out Resolution supporting best practices in family notification and Opt Out procedures, enclosing this sample Resolution.
3. Write to your state Parent Teacher Association
Write to your state Parent Teacher Association (PTA, PTSA, PTO, etc.) encouraging them to take exactly the same actions you urged above in #2. Points to emphasize would be building parent awareness, protecting student privacy. Points not to emphasize would be big ol' cranky rants about it all.
4. Write a letter to the editor
Letters to the editor are an invaluable way to shoehorn our way into the media wars. For tips and contacts, go to Mainstreet Moms' Letters to the Editor resource.
Our best tip? Meet a friend for tea and letter-writing or beer and letter-writing. Anything to rope in some good company for a good cause!