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Chesterfield rejects Michelle Obama's bid to speak at county school [Virginia]
Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | September 13, 2012 | Mark Bowes

Posted on 09/13/2012 9:13:38 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

First Lady Michelle Obama had sought to speak at a Chesterfield County elementary school during her campaign swing through Virginia today, but county school leaders rejected her request, citing school policy, a Chesterfield supervisor has confirmed.

“I do believe and think that Mrs. Obama, the first lady, should be allowed to attend a Chesterfield school,” said Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, who confirmed the Obama campaign request. “I know it’s not school policy. However, I just do not agree with that, because I think it’s an honor for the first lady to visit a school. That’s just my personal opinion as supervisor."

Chesterfield schools officials refused to discuss the Obama campaign’s request or even confirm whether a request had been made. School system spokesman Shawn Smith did not reply to two email inquiries about the matter Wednesday until after the Times-Dispatch contacted School Board Chairman Patricia M. Carpenter.

“We respectfully decline to comment,” Smith said in an email.

Holland, the only Democrat on the five-member Chesterfield board, was unaware of the Obama campaign request until contacted by a reporter. He then confirmed it after contacting the county administration.

“It was confirmed that (Mrs. Obama) did in fact ask to come to a Chesterfield school,”Holland said. “I don’t know the extent of what their request was, whether it was a political request or whether it was an educational request.”

“If it was official, that would be appropriate,” Holland added. “If it was political, that would be inappropriate.”

Wednesday evening, the school division’s community relations director, Tim Bullis, sent by email a statement regarding the school board’s policy in response to the newspaper’s inquiry.

“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...

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.timesdispatch.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Local News
KEYWORDS: chesterfieldvirginia; michelleobama; school; virginia
Now if only they'd follow this up by inviting Binyamin Netanyahu to speak . . .
1 posted on 09/13/2012 9:13:47 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

As Nelson would say... ha, ha


2 posted on 09/13/2012 9:20:14 PM PDT by Viennacon
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3 posted on 09/13/2012 9:47:54 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Who could possibly reject a visit from the first lady, unless they’re a racist?


4 posted on 09/13/2012 9:50:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: South40

5 posted on 09/13/2012 9:54:47 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Hunton Peck

It’s less than two months to Election Day, and this guy thinks Mrs. Obama was coming to educate students? (eyes a-rollin’)


6 posted on 09/13/2012 10:01:16 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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“I do believe and think that Mrs. Obama, the first lady, should be allowed to attend a Chesterfield school,” said Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland

Never too late to get an education.

7 posted on 09/13/2012 10:45:37 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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