Last week the Voice for School Choice exposed the shameless and illegal political maneuvering of Lexington School District One, which sent out thousands of emails to its employees, telling them how to vote in the June 10th primary election
Just days before the election, Mary Beth Hill, Communications Officer for Lexington School District One, used district computers and district email addresses to pressure staff members to vote against any candidate who might support school choice.
Lexington One has a sordid history of taxpayer financed political advocacy, and is wasting even more public money by unnecessarily fighting a lawsuit to defend its controversial use of government websites and emails for political lobbying.
Perhaps the district might be willing to take responsibility if someone more politically aligned with teachers’ union and government monopoly schools chose to address the issue. Luckily liberal Democrat John Kerry has done just that.
On June 6, US Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), John Kerry (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced S. 3099, a bill that would prevent the US Department of Defense from using public funds in order to sway public opinion.
Frustrated with what he called “taxpayer financed propaganda,” liberal Senator Menendez made his position clear: “There is no need for paid cheerleaders to support an argument.”
Menendez is right. Public money for political cheerleading is an outrage. And, with a 100 percent pro public education voting record (according to the NEA) Menendez is clearly a defender of public schools. Perhaps the liberal Senator from New Jersey can contact Superintendent Woodward and let her know that government has no business telling its citizens how to vote.