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Madison Metropolitan School District

Employee Handbook 2021-2022

3.35 Political Activity

The District guarantees to employees full equality with other citizens in the exercise of their political rights and responsibilities, such as voting, discussing political issues, campaigning for candidates, and running for and serving in public office, but employees shall refrain from exploiting the institutional privileges of their positions to promote candidates or parties and activities. For example: 

  1. No school employee shall, (1) in the presence of any student,and (2) during hours for which pay is received or while the employee is otherwise acting within the scope of their employment, engage in any activity for the solicitation, promotion, election, or defeat of any referendum, candidate for public office, legislation, or political action. When not engaged in the performance of their duties (e.g., during designated break periods) and when no students are present, employees who are at a work location may engage in private conversations with non-students or in other personal activities that address, for example, political topics.

  2. During established hours of employment or while an employee is engaged in his/her official duties, no employee or other person may solicit or receive from any employee any contribution or service for any political purpose, where a “political purpose” includes an act done for the purpose of influencing the election or nomination for election of a person to office . Furthermore, no person may enter any District building, office or facility in order to request, make or receive a contribution for a political purpose.

  3. No school employee shall use in any way the classrooms, buildings, or pupils for the purpose of solicitation, promotion, election, or defeat of any referendum, candidate for public office, legislation, or political action. This provision does not apply to use of District facilities by employees for events or activities that are not within their scope of employment and that are held pursuant to the District’s policies regarding facilities use by third parties.

  4. No school employee shall make use of school equipment or materials for the purpose of solicitation, promotion, election, or defeat of any referendum, candidate for public office, legislation, or political action.

  5. This section does not apply to the provision of information by school employees in connection with any election, referendum or legislation where authorized by the school board or Superintendent where consistent with legal limitations on the use of public funds and school District resources.

For additional information:

Board Policy 8253