- The School Board did not make this decision, or even discuss it. This was the Superintendent's call. The Board's first opportunity to discuss this will be on Tuesday evening at our regularly scheduled meeting.
- I spoke to a number of principals last night who said they hadn't heard much about the controversy yet but who agreed that the 1st day of school is always a challenging day and not a good day for the speech.
The president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.Clearly there is nothing partisan about encouraging students to work hard, set education goals and take responsibility for their learning. Their future, and the future of this nation, depends on it.
People opposed to the President encouraging our kids to learn are trying to bring the health care town hall meetings into the classroom, and the classroom is no place for that kind of partisanship.
It is not a good day for America or this community when some parents pledge to keep their kids from school if the President's speech will be shown and others pledge to keep their kids home from school if it isn't.
No matter how deeply Americans disagree on policy, every Republican, Democrat and Independent agrees that a strong education is critical, and I can think of no better message for our children.