Portland Schools dispute LePage claim of not allowing recruiters

4:42 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland Public Schools officials are disputing a claim by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that the city's high schools limit uniformed military recruiters' access to students.

Officials said Monday that the district's four high schools allow uniformed military recruiters to speak with students. Portland High School Principal Deborah Migneault says in a statement that military recruiters have a table set up outside the guidance office.

In a Friday radio address, LePage said high schools in Portland and Yarmouth "refused uniformed recruiters from stepping on campus." LePage criticized Democrats for rejecting legislation to ensure uniformed military recruiters have the same access to the state's public schools as other college and career recruiters.

Democrats who voted against the bill say there is no factual evidence that it's a problem.

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