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Policy Against Terminating Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Programs in Public High Schools
City of San Francisco
Declaration of Policy - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 179,639 / 54.63% Yes votes ...... 149,169 / 45.37% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 24 10:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (580/580)|
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Shall it be City policy to encourage the School Board to reverse its decision to terminate JROTC and to continue to offer JROTC in San Francisco public high schools?
League of Women Voters
San Francisco Chronicle
|Arguments For Proposition V||Arguments Against Proposition V|
|A vote for this ballot measure is a vote to give students and their
families the choice to participate in JROTC, a high school leadership
program that works.
The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program is a 90-year old leadership program in 7 public high schools, that teaches student discipline, leadership skills and importance of civic responsibility, It is a during and after-school program that serves over 1600 students. The School Board voted narrowly to end the program as a political statement. A few key facts on the program:
Choice for Students - JROTC Co-Chairs:
The military is never mentioned.
JROTC claims 1600 cadets but the District reports only 1050. They claim high college enrollment rates and minority participation, but their rates are the same as for all District graduates. They don't mention the many children enrolled involuntarily.
JROTC pretends there is no discrimination. But there are no openly gay JROTC instructors, and LGBT cadets are denied benefits that other students can receive.
The Pentagon reports nearly half of all JROTC cadets join the military, and the District says there is no local data to the contrary.
The Pentagon's contract with the District says that JROTC will provide "a course of military instruction." Period. It says nothing about a program promoting the well-being of children.
The School Board listened carefully to what students said. Nearly 75% of cadets said they were motivated by the desire to avoid physical education and about half said they would like a non-military marching program. 800 students signed a petition to remove JROTC. In response, the Board committed $1 million for new leadership programs which begin this year.
We don't need the military in our schools to provide programs for leadership and community service. Vote No on V.
Supervisor Ross Mirakirimi
|"JROTC IS ONE OF THE BEST RECRUITING DEVICES
WE COULD HAVE" Defense Secretary William Cohen.
The Pentagon aims much of its recruitment budget directly at teens, because they are impressionable. The Pentagon brags that nearly half of JROTC cadets eventually join the military.
San Francisco voted overwhelmingly in 2005 to prohibit military recruitment in our schools.
The School Board decided to phase out JROTC because San Franciscans do not want military recruiters in our schools and do not support a program that discriminates against the LGBT community with its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policies.
The San Francisco Republican Party and military organizations around the country are leading the campaign to keep JROTC in our schools.
JROTC portrays military life as a series of adventures. JROTC units take field trips to military bases. Instructors are told to encourage student contact with recruiters. JROTC cadets bond to the military through drills and rote learning.
The Pentagon's JROTC program costs San Francisco taxpayers nearly $1 million per year. Instructors only need a high school diploma. Courses don't meet state curriculum standards.
On Election Day, after years of war in Iraq, the people of San Francisco will declare again that military recruitment targeting children as young as 14 in our schools is simply wrong. Vote no on V!
Supervisors Tom Ammiano, Bevan Dufty, Jake McGoldrick,
The opponents cannot contest that JROTC is supported by every school principals, parent-teacher student associations, and the vast majority of students of each of the seven high schools: Balboa, Burton, Galileo, Washington, Lowell, Mission and Lincoln.
The opponents cannot contest that the vast majority of JROTC participants go to college, not the military.
The opponents cannot contest that JROTC cadets volunteer hundreds of hours in community service projects.
The opponents cannot contest that the overwhelming majority of non-JROTC teachers and students at the participating high schools support JROTC.
Regarding recruitment, the opponents' argument is patently false.
FACT: JROTC Instructors are prohibited from recruiting by their own JROTC regulations and guidelines.
SF School District only pays for 50% of JROTC Program and 100% of all other programs. If JROTC is taken away, the SFUSD must now fund 100% of the P.E. teacher salaries and benefits that will be needed to replace the JROTC program. San Francisco will have to pay double or more to replace JROTC.
Choice for Students - JROTC