By Wyatt Goolsby
GREENWOOD - While parents are opting out of letting their children want the President's Tuesday speech, other West Texas parents will have to opt in for their kids to see the speech. That's because several districts will not be showing the address on their campuses.
On Thursday, every Greenwood student went home from school with a memo about President Obama's speech on education. In it, Superintendent Doug Young said Greenwood ISD will not be showing the speech at school.
In addition, the letter said the speech is "a controversial issue in West Texas, and students' viewing of it should be left to the discretion of the parent." It was the same sentiment Thursday evening when Young spoke with NewsWest 9.
So, if a parent in Greenwood would like for their child to watch, they will need to pick up their student from school. Officials said this is the same opportunity as when President Bush came to Midland in January. They said students will not be counted absent, as long as they're brought back to school.
NewsWest 9 has also learned Stanton ISD will not show the speech on their campuses. The U.S. Department of Education has left it up to each school district whether or not to show the President's speech.
If you would like to read the Greenwood ISD Memo: http://www.greenwood.esc18.net/docs/1-Obama2.pdf