School District Bans Field Trip to Las Vegas

School District Bans Field Trip to Las Vegas

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(Spanish Fork-AP) -- Art history students at Springville High School will NOT get to see an exhibit featuring ornate Faberge eggs and other treasures. The reason: The exhibits happen to be inside Las Vegas casinos.

The Nebo School District Board voted to ban a field trip to see "Faberge: Treasures of the Kremlin" at the Bellagio, and "Art Through the Ages: Masterpieces of Painting From Titian to Picasso" at the Venetian.

Board member Bonnie Palmer says the atmosphere and lifestyle of Las Vegas isn't an appropriate part of Springville kids' education.

She says there's plenty of other places students can see Russian art. She suggests the Springville museum's collection as an alternative.

Beverly Burdett, a teacher who was organizing the trip, hoped the board would reconsider. She said students would enter the exhibits through a separate door, and wouldn't be allowed into the casinos themselves.

But the school board wouldn't budge -- despite the fact that 45 students had permission slips from their parents to attend.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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