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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 21, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Election excitement has trickled down into schools across south Georgia, but its got some districts warning teachers that personal opinions should be left outside the classroom.

Several weeks ago Dougherty County School Administrators sent out an email to school principals reminding them while it's important to teach the democratic experience teachers are asked to refrain from open demonstration of their personal political position and the wearing of campaign buttons in schools.

"We have to recognize that our teachers work in a public trust and they are to share the truth about democracy without the expression of their personal opinions and that's what we want them to do and I believe we're trying to do here," said R.D. Harter, Dougherty County School System Public Information Director.

School officials encourage parents to call the school system if they feel teachers are interjecting their personal political position into their classroom lessons.

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