Hillsborough School Board member suggests governor might use public school for politics
Governor Rick Scott came to Tampa Wednesday afternoon to speak with Jefferson High School students about the costs of college tuition.
But Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin suggests the governor could be using public school resources and students as a backdrop for a re-election campaign commercial.
We asked the governors press office for a response. They said they could not answer whether Scotts campaign planned to film at Jefferson.
As of air time we had not received a response from Scotts re-election campaign.
Here is the text of the letter to the School Board / Superintendent:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:31:00 AM Message From: April Griffin Subject: Gov. Scott visit to Jefferson High School To: MaryEllen Elia Jeff Eakins Cathy Valdes Carol Kurdell Susan Valdes Doretha Edgecomb Cindy Stuart Stacy White
Based on Gov Scott's past actions, I'm concerned that he may be forcing us to be an unwitting part of a campaign ad and that students are missing very valuable classroom instruction time in order to advance his political campaign. Can we be assured that no political advertising crews are allowed on site today for his round table and that the parents of any student participating be notified that their child may be used in a campaign ad?
This seems to be a recurring issue. For example, his campaign re-election site uses countless pictures from official business and just last week, he held an official round table with seniors in Pinellas County that was later used in a television ad.
Our schools and students should be open to public officials, but should not be used as campaign props. We have a very strict no politicking policy and I ask that we hold all politicians to the same standard.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
At your service,
April Griffin School Board Member District 6 (Countywide) Hillsborough County Public Schools (813) --------- office (813) -------- cell
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