Stephen A. Masker

The President Speaks: Students & the U.S. Dropout Rate

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 at 10:13 PM

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On Tuesday at noon EST, U.S. President Barack Obama will be speaking directly to students encouraging them to stay in school and do well in their academic careers. Consequently, Republican activists are attacking the white house administration and president under the pretext that he is attempting to push his political agenda onto students.

Here in Denton County, school districts will not be airing Obama’s speech live but instead will record it and archive it.

As with most conservative school districts, Denton ISD Superintendent Ray Braswell said the district’s final decision to not air the address was based on several concerns: that the speech is being broadcast during some students’ lunch periods and that district technology may not be capable of streaming the speech live to classrooms.

Examining once again the East Texas news station KLTV 7, an affiliate of the more liberal ABC network, Longview ISD will be showing the speech. “We want the opportunity to be there. As we see it, barack obama is our president. We are trying to teach our students in the district to be respectful of all leaders, regardless,” said district spokesman Brian Bowman.

“I think we’ve reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can’t tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school,” presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. “I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success.”

The speech will be released on Monday for review online with a live broadcast to appear here:


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