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Brown nixes Obama’s speech to students

Dennis Paulsen was the only School Board member to publicly comment on Brown’s decision to not permit county students to watch a live broadcast of President Barack Obama’s speech to students on the first day of school.  
Brown had told The Journal she had received three comments on the division’s Web site, “Ask the Superintendent,” and about 12-15 calls at the School Board office asking in advance of the nationwide broadcast on Sept. 8 that students not see the speech.
After the speech had been published and broadcast, Brown told us the speech was taped, saying principals would make it available to teachers to show, but after they had sent home opt out forms.  
During his board comments at the meeting on Sept. 9, Paulsen said, “I’m a little disappointed yesterday that our kids didn’t get to hear and listen to our president’s encouraging words and inspiring motivation.”
He added: “I read the speech prior to the event and found absolutely nothing wrong with it.  So, besides parents and teachers and administrators, who else would you to inspire and motivate your children other than our president? Hopefully, we can work out something so the kids can hear those inspiring words that he had to share with everyone.”

— Phyllis Cook

 

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