After complaints, McCain moves rally from school

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- John McCain and Sarah Palin are moving their campaign rally Wednesday from a northern Virginia high school to a nearby park.

The rally was to be held at a Fairfax, Virgina, high school during morning classroom hours.

School system policy specifically bans political events during the school day. But the school's superintendent made an exception, saying the rally offered the students "new educational opportunities."

Senior government students would have been allowed to attend the rally. And the school would have received more than $10,000 for renting out the venue to the McCain campign.

Fairfax's mayor said the event should be allowed because McCain's opponent already set the precedent. Barack Obama held a campaign event at a high school last year, but school was not in session.

McCain's campaign had also complained that the school's gym was too small.

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

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