It has been reported that

Virginia Republicans are in an uproar after the state teacher’s union sent an e-mail to its members encouraging them to wear blue-colored shirts to school to show their support for Barack Obama.

State Republicans are calling it an undisguised attempt to influence students’ political views.

The Virginia Education Association sponsored “Obama Blue Day” on Tuesday. In an e-mail sent last week, it urged teachers to participate by dressing in blue.

“There are people out there not yet registered.Β You teach some of them,” the Sept. 25 e-mail reads. “Others, including our members, remain on the fence! Its time for us to come together, voice our unity, because we make a difference!”

“Let’s make Obama Blue Day a day of Action!” the e-mail continues. “Barack the vote!”

VEA president maintains that

The invitation was not intended to “encourage teachers to use their classrooms for partisan political purposes,” Boitnott said.

and it’s going on in NY as well:

The teachers union in New York has also come under fire for distributing thousands of Obama campaign buttons to its members, prompting a backlash from education officials and parents.

“Schools are not a place for politics and not a place for staff to wear political buttons,” New York Department of Education spokeswoman Ann Forte toldΒ FOXNews.com.

Yup. They are not.