With Obama's speech to schoolchildren stirring up a political fury among adults, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced today that Superintendent Peter Gorman and other top officials will visit schools to watch the historic webcast.
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Some who oppose the speech have been buzzing over whether the district's official "encouragement" for schools to participate means whole schools can opt out.
The answer is no: All schools will show the speech live, but parents who object can contact their child's school and another "instructional opportunity" will be provided.
School board member Larry Gauvreau responded to the announcement by e-mailing his own proposed alternative: "I call on students, staff and Mecklenburg citizens to reject the Obama administration's pandering and any attempt by CMS to legitimize the Sept 8th event. Instead, teachers and students should consider reading a good book during that time period."
- Ann Doss Helms