President Obama’s Back-To-Schools Message Deemed Too Political For Florida School District

Source: David Nakamura / The Washington Post

President Obama will give a back-to-school speech Wednesday that won’t push his jobs plan, chide obstinate congressional Republicans or raise money for his re-election campaign.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t become political.

Though the president might not have intended for his message to be politicized, at least one school district in a key electoral swing state has apparently judged it so.

Obama’s remarks at 1:30 p.m. at D.C.’s Benjamin Banneker High School will be broadcast live in classrooms across the nation. But the Collier County, Fla., school system has declared it a blackout for its 43,000 students — at least for Wednesday.

“As we did last year, the District will not show it live, but give teachers the option of watching it with their students at a later date of their choice,” the school system said in a statement. “Teachers who find that the message fits in with their curriculum may decide to show the message as part of a classroom lesson. The District believes that tying the President’s message to the curriculum, such as Social Studies, and presenting it as a curricular-related resource activity, will make the message more meaningful to students.”

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