Missouri School Districts Will Opt Out of Dear Leader's Youth Speech

Several Missouri school districts are either opting out or not requiring students to watch Obama’s youth speech on Tuesday.

The Columbia, Missouri school district announced yesterday that they will not be sharing the youth speech by Barack Obama in the district next week.
The Tribune reported:

Columbia Public Schools will not be sharing with students a scheduled speech Tuesday by President Barack Obama, said Michelle Baumstark, school district spokeswoman.

Obama plans to give a speech broadcast directly to students at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the first day of school for many children nationwide. Some parents across the country have objected to having the president’s talk broadcast to students, according to published reports. Baumstark said today no parents had contacted her about Obama’s speech.

The Obama administration is billing the speech as “the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s schoolchildren about persisting and succeeding in school.” The speech will be broadcast live via the White House Web site, www.whitehouse.gov.

Baumstark said the school district doesn’t have any information about the address to air on its cable channel. The school district’s cable station also can only air previously recorded shows and cannot air satellite-broadcast programming.

Likewise, in Fulton, Missouri the students will not be required to watch Dear Leader’s speech:

The Fulton School District and other school districts in Callaway County will not require students to watch President Barack Obama’s nationwide Internet speech to American students at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Several other Missouri districts are not requirind students to participate.


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