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Religious speakers to stay in classrooms

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The Hillsborough County School Board upheld a decision to allow religious speakers in classrooms despite weeks of outrage over an organization's presence.

Dozens of people spoke to school board members in favor and against the policy, which has been questioned by a group concerned that one Muslim organization speaking in classrooms was linked to terrorism.

But the executive director of the group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has refuted that claim, calling it outrageous, and the school board seems to agree.

"The more people that our students hear from, the more real it makes the world to them," board member April Griffin said. "They need to have those conversations. I want more speakers in the classroom."

The current policy was written by Superintendent Mary-Ellen Elia. It doesn't include a ban on advocacy groups, but she does warn teachers to properly "vet" their speakers.

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