Planned Obama speech to students causes stir in schools

The Fort Worth Star-TelegramSeptember 3, 2009 

A planned live address to school students by President Barack Obama next week is causing controversy for school districts as some parents object to what they see as partisan politics.

The issue, which became a hot-button topic on some radio talk shows this week, left school administrators scrambling to decide whether to allow students to watch the live broadcast, scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Some administrators say they are reluctant to interrupt daily lesson plans and won't show the address live, opting instead to provide an online link to the speech. Others will allow campuses to access the speech during the broadcast but will also record it for teachers to show later.

Those opposing the speech say students should not be forced to listen to a presidential message.

"We're hearing from parents and grandparents that are not very happy. They really feel like it is political indoctrination," said Stephanie Klick, Tarrant County Republican Party chairwoman. "People don't like this. I have heard from some families that are planning to keep their kids home."

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