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Planned Presidential School Speech Stirs Up Controversy

Bushland Superintendent Don Wood Bushland Superintendent Don Wood
CISD Spokesperson Christy Bertolino CISD Spokesperson Christy Bertolino
Amarillo ISD Spokesperson Holly Shelton Amarillo ISD Spokesperson Holly Shelton

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - President Obama wants to speak to your children at school, but they may not hear him.

The President's 15 minute speech on Tuesday has some parents worried he will try to brainwash them to his way of thinking.  In fact, area districts say their phone lines have been flooded with calls from parents threatening to keep their kids home from school the day of the speech.

So, some districts are offering parents the chance to sign their kids out of the address.

In Bushland, it is up to you, the parent, whether your children see the president's speech.  Superintendent Don Wood says, "we don't want to discourage students to view it, that's their right. At the same time, we want to respect the rights of the parents and so that's why we've decided to do the opt out."

In Pampa, they are doing the same thing except for the junior high - students there will not see it at all.

Neither will students in Canyon, because the address is scheduled during the lunch hour. CISD Spokesperson Christy Bertolino says, "we are not going to be able to show it at all, unfortunately. Just trying to juggle and rearrange and change the students' schedules to allow them to eat lunch is going to be too complicated."

In Amarillo ISD, individual teachers will decide. Spokesperson Holly Shelton says, "we want the students and teachers to focus on instruction and if that means they can incorporate Obama's address that day, then that's appropriate."

The White House has also outlined some discussion questions for before and after the President's speech.  They include things like "how will he inspire us?" and "how will he challenge us?"  You can get to the rest of those questions by clicking the link below.

http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml

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