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April 18, 2014

Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

Some parents in Topeka are asking the school district to reconsider plans to have first lady Michelle Obama speak at a graduation ceremony.

Some parents in Topeka are asking the school district to reconsider plans to have first lady Michelle Obama speak at a graduation ceremony.

The school district announced Thursday that the first lady would speak at a ceremony May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.

The speech would require the district to combine graduation ceremonies of all its high schools and limit the number of people who could attend.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports several parents criticized the plan Thursday evening at a school board meeting.

Most objected to having to reduce the number of relatives who could see their children graduate. Others said graduation should focus on students and not become a political event.

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