Education Association Meeting Prompts Controversy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A recent Alabama Education Association meeting that included two political candidates has generated controversy since it was held in a school building.

Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins said he's told administrators the district's buildings can't be used for political purposes. The superintendent said the message was in response to an AEA meeting Wednesday at an elementary school that included two challengers to incumbent state representatives.

Reports say Morgan County AEA representative Gloria Johnson says that she invited the candidates, Melvin Hasting and Rex Cheatham. Hasting is challenging Ed Henry in the June 3 GOP primary. Cheatham is a Democrat and former AEA employee who is running against Republican incumbent Terri Collins in November's general election.

Johnson said the meeting wasn't political and they didn't ask for votes.

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