Wichita Falls School Refuses to Air Obama Back-to-School Speech

Thanks, but no thanks — is the message from the Wichita Falls school superintendent to the president of the United States.

President Barack Obama has plans to give a live special address to all American students in their classrooms via the Internet Tuesday, but Wichita Falls Independent School District Superintendent George Kazanas said Wednesday the 28 WFISD schools will not participate.

President Barack Obama delivered a national address on September 8 to students on the importance of education. Although the speech was shown "live" on the White House website and C-SPAN, it was not shown "live" in any Wichita Falls ISD classrooms. Class schedules and lesson plans for the day did not change. The regular district and state curriculum was followed.

A district curriculum committee comprised of the elementary curriculum director, secondary curriculum director, social studies curriculum specialist and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction viewed the speech and read the text. The committee determined that the speech may be used very appropriately in the classroom setting. The President encouraged students to stay in school and set goals.