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      Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

      Michelle Obama's scheduled graduation speech in Topeka, Kans., is creating problems for parents there.

      TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) â?? Some parents in Topeka, Kansas are upset because there will be a limited number of people allowed to attend a combined high school graduation ceremony at which first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak next month.

      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 at an 8,000-seat arena.

      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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