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Why Do We Call This HIGHER Education?

March 29, 2009



ACC reverses ban on Obama images at Riverside Campus

College took down posters in February in response to anonymous letter, legal counsel.

Austin Community College administrators Thursday temporarily reversed a recent controversial policy that banned posters of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Gerry Tucker, vice president of human resources for the community college, made the announcement Thursday at a meeting of about a dozen people who were upset that the school had ordered posters of the 44th president of the United States be taken down at one of its campuses last month. Acting on the advice of attorneys, Tucker said, the school had ordered the posters taken down because they depicted a political figure and thus should not be displayed on tax-supported public property.

The decision raised the ire of ACC employees who said there was nothing political about pictures of a sitting president and that the measure curbed the ability of some to show pride in the first election of an African American to the highest office in the U.S.

With all my complaints about insufficient education, this is an embarrassment in my own back yard.

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