DOE bars wearing political buttons in school
Oct 2, 2008 5:33 PM
In this week�s Principals� Weekly, the Department of Education instructed principals that school staff are not allowed to wear buttons or apparel in support of a
political candidate while in school or during school activities. It further
argued that Chancellor�s Regulation D-130 �prohibits the distribution or posting of materials in support of a political candidate in a school building.�
UFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement:
For as long as I have been at the UFT � first as counsel and then as president � teachers have been allowed to express their opinions as citizens, political and otherwise, on their lapels.
That�s because teachers know how to balance their roles as educators and their
roles as citizens to freely express themselves. Teachers understand they cannot
proselytize their personal beliefs, and they also understand the importance of
showing students the value of civic participation and responsibility. Today we
sent a letter asking the Chancellor to reconsider his position, and hopefully we
can reach an amicable solution that balances people�s obligations as teachers
with their rights as citizens. If not, we will pursue the matter further.
I feel like going to work with wearing an Obama sweatshirt everyday until the election with buttons just to make a statement!