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Sep 8, 2009 5:45 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Principals, parents will decide on Obama's school speech

Most school districts in the Pikes Peak area are leaving it up to principals at individuals schools on whether or not students will see President Barack Obama's "stay in school" speech.

Colorado Springs School District 11 and Pueblo City Schools (District 60) have posted on their Websites that if parents do not want their children to see the speech, they have the option of excusing their children from participating.  Academy School District 20's spokesperson says middle and high schools will tape the speech and students can opt to watch it during lunch or a free period.

"If he wants to address children and talk about good work habits and getting an education and staying in school, that's great. My question is, why can't he do it in the evening when kids are home with their parents?" says Shari Bouldin, who has a six-year old student and a nine-year-old student. "I'd like to be the parental filter there while he's speaking to my children."

Some parents remember watching presidential speeches when they were in school.

"I think it's always a real memorable experience watching the president speak as a kid. I don't think it matters too much what the president is speaking about. I don't think the kids will remember that. I know that they'll remember him coming out and actually speaking," says Jason Byrnes.

The speech will air live at 10 a.m. MDT on C-SPAN and on the White House's Website.

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