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  •  Those are reasonable points but (1+ / 0-)
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    I still say the no was as political as the request if that be the case.   We will never know but the protocol seems like the request should have come from the White House.

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    by Vetwife on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 10:19:34 AM PDT

    •  Your link says the school was acting pursuant (1+ / 0-)
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      erush1345

      to its school policy.  Unless that policy was adopted after the Obama campaign made its request, that school policy was not a political move against the Obama campaign.  

      Or, if that school chose to violate its policy for a Republican candidate, you might have a point.  But there's no evidence of that.  

      •  I had read this and it makes a point to me (0+ / 0-)

        We know the Tea party is racist.  
        We know the policy as I understand it is supposed to be non partisan.
        There was an agenda here....and that policy does not hold true when Tea partiers want to visit school grounds and hold meetings.  This was the same school district.
        Chesterfield County.

        http://www2.timesdispatch.com/...

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        by Vetwife on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:12:00 PM PDT

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        •  Look at the policy in relation to your link (1+ / 0-)
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          The Richmond Paper described the policy as follows:

          "If a political campaign were to inquire about the use of a school facility during the school day, the campaign would be referred to a School Board Policy 6100, which prohibits the use of school facilities during the school day for political purposes," Bullis wrote.
          This policy does not prohibit the use of school facilities for political purposes AFTER the school day, when the teachers and students are no longer required to be there. Many school systems make their facilities available AFTER the school day for groups to hold meetings and events.  And, if a taxpayer funded facility like a school system makes its facilities available to community groups, the First Amendment means that they can't pick and choose between groups based on the political views of those groups -- all groups, like Tea Party or PETA or FLAG or any other group has to be treated the same based on the same non-content criteria (like charged the same fee if a fee is charged).  

          Your link says that a group held a meeting at school facilities after school hours.  Presumably, had the Obama campaign requested to use the facilities AFTER school hours for some event, the request would not have been denied, and they would have been treated like any other group using the facility after hours.  

          The policy prohibits political events during the school day, when the teachers and kids are captive.  It's a good policy.  You, if you were a teacher, would not want to be forced to attend a campaign  event for GWB (presumably, you could be forced to attend a non-political visit by the President -- one that is done by the White House, not a re-election campaign).  You would not want your children to be herded into a GWB campaign event.  Because this is a taxpayer-funded facility, it can't let one political party have campaign events there and not the other, so it simply prohibits all political events (including campaign events, which are by their very nature political) during the school day.  If there are events after school hours, teachers and kids are free to attend voluntarily if they choose.  

          It's a good policy.  

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