Texas schools ponder showing Obama speech to students - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/3/09

Texas schools ponder showing Obama speech to students

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - School districts across Texas, including those on the South Plains, are pondering whether they'll have their students watch a national address by President Obama next week.

The speech is aimed directly at the nation's school children on the importance of education. It will be streamed live at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Some schools are allowing each individual teacher to decide whether or not to present it in class.

Here on the South Plains, Lubbock ISD and Lubbock Cooper will both record the speech and then make it available to teachers after the fact.

According to Linsae Snider, Director of Professional Development and Public Relations for Frenship ISD, they have chosen to forego the viewing of the speech, because they are "without the ability to have an advanced viewing opportunity and appropriateness to grade level and curricular relevance."

In a letter last week to the nation's school principal, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the speech would challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.

The speech will be streamed live on the White House Web site.

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(Associated Press contributed to this report)

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