query: getting access to schools

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Sun May 14 19:57:31 CDT 2006

[ed:  thanks to Dani and Phyllis for responding to Herb's query.]

From: "Dani Martinez-Moore" <dani at ncjustice.org>

With special thanks to some wise and wonderful friends (Manju Rajendran,
Hannah Strange and Lanya Shapiro) for the info below:

has two articles in particular that would be helpful...

About Equal Access precedents:

And 10 tips from a mom about how she got access in a rural town:

The Ruckus Society also explained that every time someone sues a school
based on the equal access laws, we risk an overturn, so be judicious. It
is better to be familiar with and refer to the precedents, but hold out
going to court as a last resort.

More good links:


From: "Habib, Phyllis" <PHabib at arizonaschildren.org>

I have no experience with this, but my thought is that the school would
be more likely to consider the proposal to set up an alternative table
if it came from the students themselves rather than an outside
organizer.  Phyllis Habib, Golden Gate Community Center.

> From: "Herbert Rubin" <hrubin at niu.edu>
> I got a call from a leader in a peace group in an adjacent town about a
> problem they are facing with school board that is not allowing them 
> access to
> the local high school.  I didn't have an answer;  any help would be
> appreciated,  probably best sent privately to hrubin at niu.edu
> Here's the situation:  The military, by law, has access to high school
> students and has set up a table in the high school for recruitment. The
> local peace group wants parallel access, asked and was stonewalled by the
> school board. The board claims that the law requires military access 
> (that's
> correct), that the campus is a closed campus, and in any case it does not
> want political commentary.  (And then claimed that the military is non
> political).
> Any ideas (better yet precedents of how access to high schools were 
> obtained
> by Peace Groups) would be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Herb Rubin
> _______________________________________________

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