UPDATE: I received this reply from Supt. Eugene White this morning concerning the staged campaign appearance by Andre Carson at two IPS schools this morning:
The Indianapolis Public Schools is a local government entity and it does not endorse or favor any political candidate over another one. However, if a candidate goes through the proper procedures to use a school facility for a meeting the District attempts to cooperate. This applies to candidates from all parties.
I will look into your concern, but please know that the Indianapolis Public Schools are open for our citizens to use them as long as the use does not compromise or interrupts school events or activities.
Dr. Eugene G. White, Superintendent
120 E. Walnut St. Room 702 A
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
That's fine, but if Mr. Carson was only interested in promoting the reading program, he would have just gone to the school and participated in it without sending out a press release announcing the time and location of his appearances so TV cameras and reporters could follow him to the school and promote his appearance. That is clearly interrupting or compromising a legitimate school-sponsored event.