We Don’t Want You Here: Miami School Board Tells First Lady to Cancel Her Campaign Visit
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to stop in Miami today (Tuesday) to recruit volunteers for President Obama’s reelection campaign. But the location for the campaign event, Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes, has some Republicans members of the school board highly upset.
Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla has asked that the event be cancelled, while board member Carlos Curbelo has asked the board attorney to consider whether holding such an event is even legal.
Diaz de la Portilla said in a statement:
“The use of public schools whose only focus should be to educate our children for political gain is downright wrong. Don’t these liberals have boundaries? Our schools are places for learning, not places for politicking.”
Curbelo told The Miami Herald: “There’s a difference between official visits to schools by elected leaders and events that are for the sole purpose of advancing the interests of a political campaign.”
“Allowing the first lady of the United States to use one of our schools explicitly to benefit the president’s reelection campaign is inappropriate and sends the wrong message to our students, employees, and to taxpayers – even if the president’s campaign is willing to pay for all costs resulting from the event,” Curbelo wrote in the letter to School Board attorney Walter Harvey.
Candidates holding campaign events at schools is nothing new. In fact, Mitt Romney is scheduled to hold a campaign event at a high school in Colorado on the same day as Michelle Obama.
Under School Board policy, all groups, including political, religious and nonprofits, can apply to lease facilities from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said School Board attorney Walter Harvey.
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