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School Board Member Against FLOTUS Visit

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In the midst of a cutthroat campaign season, First Lady Michelle Obama is doing her wifely duty by traveling the country to garner votes for her husband. But, a board member at a high school in Miami is not in favor of her coming to address grassroots supporters and volunteers.

Barbara Goleman Senior High School board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla believes Obama has no place at the school. “We have welcomed elected officials in our public schools for years. But never, that I can recall in recent memory, have we used it to host a political rally to recruit volunteers for a campaign that’s in November,” said de la Portilla, who represents District 5.

Although Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican running for the Florida House of Representatives, says he’s not biased, the students and administrators didn’t seem to have a problem with her appearance. “The first lady's visit is nothing short of a wonderful opportunity for students and all members of our community to be active citizens and make our voices heard,” said fellow board member Wilbert “Tee” Holloway,

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