Forced Las Vegas student labor for Obama

I'm sure I'm not the only one to read this on the Las Vegas Review-Journal online site. In fact, I may be late to the party since I am out of the country and in places with very spotty Internet service.

But the story says Las Vegas teacher Loretta Harper was just named the national co-chair of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, let me be one of the first to say "good for you."

But then the story says that "During the 2008 Obama campaign, when he (Obama) won Nevada on his way to the presidency, Harper said she got more than 100 students extra credit when they volunteered to help elect the Democrat."

What's that all about? Kids can certainly volunteer for political campaigns, I suppose. But should they get "credit" from government schools for doing so? And do conservative candidates get the same benefit, or is that a little known rule made only to the teacher union crowd -- which, you may be surprised to learn, endorsed President Obama.

I don't know. Something just doesn't sit right with that "volunteer for Obama and get extra credit stuff." Sounds like political indoctrination. Something tells me that you can say the kids volunteered all day long, but I'll bet they were in some way forced.

Harper, 58, is a counselor at Desert Pines High School. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada State Educators Association.