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"Republican" School Board to Abolish First Amendment for Candidates?

December 12, 2014

"Republican" School Board to Abolish First Amendment for Candidates?
Powers not even reserved for diplomats from abroad being asserted.

The Loudoun County School Board will be voting on a new policy in January 2015 that would prohibit the distribution of any materials, including campaign literature, at back to school nights. There is one school board member who intends to offer a motion to permit distribution of material beyond 40 feet of the building entrance.

As a Supervisor, I frequently hand out my business card to a thousand parents and in return they call me at home to discuss county issues 7 days a week. It does seem restrictive to abolish the ability of other candidates and elected officials the opportunity to participate in a public meeting, outside the building, at a public facility without ever going inside the building.

It is patently illegal as the Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly in favor of free speech and even allowed Americans to be able to have free speech at the Soviet and other foreign embassies in this country. So the Schools are seeking rights America does not grant to foreign countries on our soil.

Eugene Delgaudio, Sterling District, said:

"This is the first I have heard of it and it is an amazing and clearly Soviet style proposal to eliminate the tradition of candidates simply promoting their message to American citizens walking into a public building for a public meeting. I hope it is defeated when considered"


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