Ma to introduce bill to keep JROTC in schools

February 5, 2009 12:28:31 PM PST
A San Francisco assemblywoman plans to introduce a bill today to keep the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program from being removed from the city's high schools.

Right now the program is scheduled to end in June. But the legislation by Fiona Ma would require San Francisco's high schools to keep it in place.

The School Board voted to cut JROTC in 2006, on the grounds that it's run by the U.S. Military, which is seeking new recruits, but bans gays and lesbians from openly serving.

Ma says the course is beneficial to students, and teaches leadership training and team work.