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Electioneering and Politically Motivated Communications

  • Code: IJA.BP
    Topic: Electioneering and Politically Motivated Communications
    Issue Date: 12/09/2007
    Effective Date: 11/09/2007
    Review Year: 2014

Policy

District staff, students and resources shall not be used for distribution of politically motivated communications or campaign materials with the exception of Board authorized advocacy communications and as outlined in this policy. 

For the purposes of this policy, a "campaign" means an attempt by an individual or group to create action by students, staff, or others for a political objective. 

The Board of Trustees believes that district resources should only be used for administrative and instructional purposes consistent with the Board's education mandate under the School Act

  1. The Board of Trustees believes that a locally elected school board is integral to public education and therefore, the District, under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, shall play an active role in disseminating information to the electorate about school board elections. Any materials posted or distributed by the District regarding candidates for school board elections shall treat all candidates equally and may not solicit or imply support for any individual candidate or slate of candidates. 
  1. The Board of Trustees prohibits campaigning in or through Edmonton Public Schools by individual candidates or parties for school board, municipal, provincial or federal elections except that:
    1. schools may organize all-candidate forums for educational purposes; and
    2. school space may be rented after school hours by a candidate or party on a commercial use basis. 
  1. The Board of Trustees prohibits the posting or distribution of campaign materials associated with school board, municipal, provincial and federal elections on lands, within buildings, or through communication vehicles owned by the Edmonton Public School Board except that campaign materials may be:
    1. posted and distributed in that portion of a school rented for a campaign meeting or being used for an all-candidate forum, however, all political materials must be removed from school premises at the end of any such meeting;
    2. used as classroom teaching aids on condition that support for an individual candidate or political party is not solicited; and
    3. posted and distributed regarding school board elections as directed by the Superintendent of Schools and in accordance with Section 1 above.

References

School Act

(please see Section 27(2) of the School Act)