School districts are supposed to provide military recruiters with names, addresses and phone
numbers of all high school juniors and seniors or else lose millions of dollars of federal money.
But some districts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, now are offering students and parents
a legal way to protect their privacy or shield themselves from any pressure to prove their patriotism
during this time of possible war with Iraq.
Burdened by crowding, Van Nuys High School adopted a year-round schedule last year
to help alleviate the problem.
But in designing a multi-track calendar to accommodate the school's 2,500 students,
critics say the school has created another problem: a system that promotes academic
Patricia Cavala's school day had gotten off to a sluggish start.
The 17-year-old said she had arrived just three minutes late at Roosevelt High School in
East Los Angeles after missing the bus one morning. She was sent to the "tardy room" for
the rest of the period, and instructed to write repeatedly: "I will not be late to school.... "