Collier Schools won't show Obama education speech live; Lee County will

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— Collier County Public Schools will not be showing President Obama's “Back to School” address. Lee County will show it.

Obama's address to students is scheduled next week for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

This will be Obama's third annual “Back to School” speech. This also marks the third time Collier County has opted not to show the speech live during the school day. Instead, the district will give teachers the option of watching it with their students at a later date of their choice.

Lee County showed the speech last year and taped it in 2009 so teachers could show it throughout the year.

In a Collier County Public Schools press release, the district said that “tying the President's message to the curriculum, such as social studies, and presenting it as a curricular-related resource activity, will make the message more meaningful to students.”

Lee County teachers will have the opportunity to show the speech live in their classroom via the White House web site or the District's TV99 station.

Parents in both counties have the choice of having their child opt out of watching the speech. Lee students can opt out that day. Collier students can opt out if the teacher decides to show the speech later on in the year. Parents must communicate their choice to opt their child out by directly contacting the school.

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