Obama speech to kids won't be live in CCISD
The Clear Creek school district will allow its teachers to use President Barack Obama's address to schoolchildren on Tuesday if it falls in line with what is being taught in the classroom that day.
That means elementary-school pupils will not be seeing the address live because none of the lesson plans for Tuesday are related to current events, district spokeswoman Elaina Polsen said.
Elementary teachers, however, could use the president's address on a later date if they choose if it fits with a future lesson plan.
We're really trying to make sound instructional decisions," Polsen said.
The district, she said, has received a number of calls from parents, some of whom want their children to view the address and others who do not.
Students do not have to watch the address if they or their parents do not want them to.
The district has posted a short release on its web site outlining its stance on the issue.
As a general practice in the Clear Creek Independent School District, we do not require student assemblies to view live news events. Clear Creek ISD is not mandating a school assembly or mass-viewing of the President's speech about education on September 8, 2009.
Teachers may choose to use the speech or portions of it as it relates to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)."
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