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Greendale schools won't let students see Obama speech live

Sept. 4, 2009

Add the Greendale to the list of area school districts that have decided that President Barack Obama's address to the nation's youth on Tuesday will not be shown live in its schools.

"There is a lot of talk out there about this issue. We are not going to enter into the debate," Superintendent William Hughes said in a statement. "I am asking that we keep the students focused on school - teaching and learning."

School officials need more information about the content and message of the speech, Hughes said. It may be shown later if it is appropriate and aligned with curriculum.

Parents can watch the speech with their children outside the school day, but the district will remain focused on school work, Hughes said.

"I am asking that there not be a live broadcast as part of the school day experience until it is previewed and deemed appropriate, as any of the materials used in Greendale schools should be," Hughes said.

The Wauwatosa and Elmbrook school districts have also said the president's speech will not be shown live in its schools.

Critics have said Obama is trying to promote a political agenda, while the U.S. Department of Education has said the speech will "challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning."

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