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Sound Off: What is the Lawrence school district’s policy on teachers wearing political shirts to school?

The Lawrence school board’s political activities policy says professional employees shall not use school time, school property or school equipment to further the interests of any political party, the campaign of any political candidate or the advocacy of any political issue. Julie Boyle, the Lawrence school district’s communications director, said the issues are handled on a case-by-case basis. Any concerns may be reported to the school’s principal. The policy is on the district’s website.


Shardwurm 5 years ago

If teachers aren't allowed to 'further the interests of any political party' then you've got a problem...because there would be no teachers left if you enforced that.

James Minor 5 years ago

The shirt is not the problem it is the conversations that follow. Extremists and "Know it Alls" tend to not limit themselves to a short conversation. A person should be allowed to wear a political shirt as long as it is not racist, sexist, or insulting. Most businesses condone conversations on religion and politics because it is distracting at the work place and eventually may become offensive. I heard several conversations at work where the "Right Wingers" were constantly pushing their backward views on another person because that person had mentioned they were a Democrat. It eventually got to management because the "Righties" could not understand that because they read one sentence in an article it did not make them an authority on how everyone should vote.

sleepy33 5 years ago

"Most businesses condone conversations on religion and politics because it is distracting at the work place and eventually may become offensive."

Please look up the definition of the word 'condone'. I do not think it means what you think it means.

James Minor 5 years ago

Ooops my bad should have been "don't like" political conversations in the workplace.

James Minor 5 years ago

And the "Romneyaters" find the liberals and repeatedly ask them about gun laws, Obamacare, and why is the President forcing them to bathe once a month???

chootspa 5 years ago

The article doesn't even say anyone wore a shirt. It just asks what the policy is.

seth5792 5 years ago

I remember in 2008, when the school district did a kids vote campaign. The results were in the LJW and every single democrat won by a 3 to 1 margin. No agenda here!

FlintHawk 5 years ago

Excuse me?? How is that result on the teachers?? You don't think parents influence their kids' politics?? By the time they're in high school, many of these kids are thinking for themselves — regardless of teacher and parent biases.

Sue McDaniel 5 years ago

AND since most of the teacher's union supports Nobama....................

FlintHawk 5 years ago

And like your cohort seth5792, you give waaaaaayy too much power to teachers if you think they are capable of brainwashing today's teenagers. Fear mongering: "teacher's [sic] union," "Nobama," etc. etc. etc. Same ole same ole . . . .

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