Salas and Ma’s AB 351 Going Down
June 4, 2015

The last hope by supporters of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to get a state exemption from physical education (PE) classes this year went down the tubes Tuesday, June 2. That was the day the only PE exemption bill still standing — AB 351, authored by Mary Salas (D-San Diego) and Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) — was pulled off the Assembly floor and returned to the Education Committee.

According to sources, the San Diego school board — the prime mover behind this bill — adamantly rejected any kind of state monitoring to insure that the required physical education curriculum would be provided for classes, including JROTC, which would exempt students from taking regular PE classes. In addition, again according to sources, the authors had promised Education Committee members that specific PE standards would be incorporated into the bill, but this promise was not kept.

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SF School Board Poised to Make End Run on State Law
June 5, 2015

Yesterday the good news spread that AB 351, the state bill that would have granted Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets an exemption from physical education (PE) classes, was derailed.

But, today, the bad news needs to spread that the San Francisco School Board wants to pioneer a new way around state laws on PE, in order to continue to funnel our youth into JROTC.

At next Tuesday’s school board meeting there will be a vote on creating an “Independent Study” PE option for JROTC cadets. In essence, this is an attempt to wiggle through state laws on “independent study” and set up a system where, with a wink-and-a-nod from school district officials, the Pentagon’s JROTC instructors will oversee a make-believe PE program for JROTC cadets. This would allow them to ignore the clear intent of state law, and continue to use PE credit as bait for incoming freshman and sophomore students — 14 and 15-year olds — to get them into one of the military’s favorite and most successful recruitment programs.

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JROTC Plan for PE Credit Already Facing Challenge
June 15, 2015

The San Francisco school board voted, by a bare 4-3 majority, to create an “independent study” physical education (PE) program for cadets in the district’s newly-restored Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). The vote took place just last Tuesday, June 9, but the new PE program is already running into problems. On the other hand, military academies and boot training camps of Pennsylvania teen therapy program is running successfully. 

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