Arlington's 63,500 students won't be watching President Barack Obama's live talk to students Tuesday, but they might catch it later.
The district released this statement this afternoon: “President Obama will address school children on Tuesday September 8. That day will be a regularly scheduled instruction day in the Arlington ISD. The district will make the speech available in the future as an instructional resource as deemed appropriate to the district’s curriculum. Students and parents will also be able to access the speech through a link on the district’s Website. "
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw posted a similar statement this morning. They added, however, that parents who didn't want their child watching the address at a later date could "opt out" of any classroom lessons where instructors planned to use it.
That statement said: "The parent simply needs to inform their student’s campus in writing of their decision, and the teacher and campus administration will respect their decision. The student will not be penalized for not viewing the speech, instead a different learning opportunity will be provided. As a district, we are neither prohibiting the speech nor promoting the speech and are sensitive to the political perception surrounding this event."