Virginia school makes exception for McCain-Palin rally

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia high school will apparently violate its policy banning political events during school hours tomorrow when it hosts a rally for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

But Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale says the suburban Washington school isn't participating in a political rally -- it's providing "new educational opportunities" for students.

Senior government students at Fairfax High School will be permitted to attend the rally if they choose. The school system will receive about $10,000 in rent from the McCain campaign.

Barack Obama held an event at another district school in July, but class wasn't in session.

A Democrat who's a former member of the school board says the rally should be canceled or moved.

But the mayor of Fairfax, who helped planned the rally, defends the event. He says the Obama event set the precedent for the McCain rally.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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