The district policy is schools will honor a parent’s request that his or her child not watch President Barack Obama’s televised speech to school …
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The district policy is schools will honor a parent’s request
that his or her child not watch President Barack Obama’s televised
speech to school children around the country.
Also, the school’s principal and the individual teacher will
decide whether or not a particular class will take time out of the
regular curriculum Sept. 8 to listen to the president’s speech.
The president announced his desire to speak to students across
the nation, emphasizing the importance of education. Tentatively,
the televised address to students is scheduled to be broadcast at
10 a.m. local time on Sept. 8.
While there have been some objections to children watching a
televised speech by the president without their parents, as of
Sept. 3 Englewood School Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the
district had received no calls on the issue. But he said the
district did establish the policy that it would be up a local
decision whether or not a class will watch the telecast.
“We are not requiring class to watch the telecast nor are we
prohibiting any class from watching it. We are leaving that
decision up to the individual school officials,” the superintendent
said. “While we are not for or against the telecast but we have
been told the president will talk about the value of education and
urging children to stay in school and study hard. That is the same
message we endorse as a school district.”
McDaniel emphasized the school will honor the request of any
parent who doesn’t want his or her child to watch the president’s
He also said all parents are invited to come to school and
listen to the message with their students.
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