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Leave the ROTC be

Defaul4 There are some places in this country where the ROTC military training program is not allowed in schools. San Francisco, for instance, banned the organization in 2006 as a protest over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members.

You can count Florida out of that group.

Gov. Charlie Crist has signed legislation, which was unanimously approved in both the House and Senate, that prohibits public school districts, colleges and universities from barring the ROTC program. The new law also requires the schools to grant military recruiters "certain access" to their grounds, students and student records.

The law takes effect July 1. If you want to learn more about it, you can start here. (Photo, Coral Gables High School)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:45am]


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