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Pasco School Board says no to partisan presentations

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LAND O'LAKES — Republicans and Libertarians made their pitch Tuesday to be allowed to speak to Gulf High School students, where Democrats inadvertently were permitted to make partisan comments to some classes in late September. The Pasco School Board didn't open the door.

"We do need to follow our board policy that we have in place about not allowing partisan politics into the classroom," vice chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong said.

The fact that representatives of Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic Party, found their way into Gulf by insinuating they were part of the county elections office biannual voter registration project did not sway the board. Members said that deception should be fully investigated, and anyone who did something wrong should be held accountable.

But it did not establish the need to create an open political forum in front of students, board member Steve Luikart said: "Two wrongs do not make a right."

Read the full story here. See the backstory here and here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 6:31pm]

    

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