Debate over political speech in the classroom rages on
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- The political debate over the #RedforED movement is far from over, as it now turns to acceptable political speech in the classroom.
"We hope you participate, and the superintendent work with the district to get the staff employees to help prevent anything like this from ever happening again," said Julie Brown with Educate Gilbert, who wants to make sure that after the uprising in the spring, that teachers keep politics out of the classroom.
"All we're trying to say is please don't push those limits," said Brown. "It creates an uncomfortable and unprofessional environment for teachers, parents and students."
Shirts, signs, messages in cars, they've been in the parking lots, but will they be in the classroom this fall?
"I can't talk about this in class, I don't talk about this in class. But I'm sure some of them know," said Christine Marsh, 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year.
"I don't talk about it in the classroom, I will not talk about it in the classroom," said Jennifer Samuels, who is a middle school English teacher.
The candidates in our report this week have all said, the topic of politics is off limits when the bell rings
"I owe it to my students to be an unbiased source, so no, we won't talk about it at all," said Samuels. "However, I am knocking on the doors of those parents right? So it's definitely a tight rope I am walking on."
Samuels, however, posted this tweet, wearing red, and doing so in her classroom.
Currently, Arizona law prohibits the use of school resources to influence the outcome of elections, but the choice to wear a RedforED shirt may be protected by the 1st Amendment.
It's an issue that has never been addressed by the Supreme Court before.