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Most North Texas school districts are passing on President Barack Obama's education speech.
School districts across Texas are pondering whether they'll have their students watch a national address by President Barack Obama next week.
The speech on the importance of education is aimed directly at the nation's school children at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Obama has asked school districts to carry the live webcast.
Districts in North Texas have received complaints about the speech, and most are not broadcasting it to their students.
"There appears to be a curriculum associated with the speech," said Fred Moses, chairman of the Collin County Republican Party.
Parent Bobby Lochner said he wouldn't mind his children hearing a speech on education -- if that's all the message is.
"On the surface, and if it's kept to at that -- as just talking to the American people and the importance of education -- obviously that is very important," he said.
Many districts are making Obama's speech available, but are not requiring students to watch it.
The Dallas Independent School District will broadcast the speech live on its cable channel. Principals will decide if they want to air it live.
And the Fort Worth Independent School District will have the speech available live at all of its high schools, but students will not be required to watch it. Students who choose not to view it will be offered alternative activities.
In Plano, the school district will record the speech and have the video available to students for later.
PTA council president Cara Mendelsohn said Obama is "cutting out the parent" by speaking to kids during school hours.
"Why can't a parent be watching this with their kid in the evening?" Mendelsohn said. "Because that's what makes a powerful statement, when a parent is sitting there saying, 'This is what I dream for you. This is what I want you to achieve."'
Other districts in North Texas are posting the speech on their Web sites and making it available for social studies teachers to use at a later time.
In a letter last week to the nation's school principal, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the speech would challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.
The Department of Education has a list for teachers of suggested classroom activities for before, during and after the speech posted on its Web site.
The suggestions for grades 7 through 12 include discussing the words "responsibility, persistence and goals" prior to the speech and discussing what in the speech "resonated" with students. Click here to read all of the suggested activities.
For grades prekindergarten through sixth grade, the suggested activities include building "background knowledge" by reading books about Obama and presidents before the speech and writing down "key ideas or phrases" during the speech that students find meaningful or important. Click here to read all of the suggested activities.
Gov. Rick Perry called the Obama's plan for the speech "disturbing" but said he would not advise parents to keep their children home from school Tuesday.
Perry said the speech and its suggested activities were another example of the federal government trying to usurp state and local input.
"Nobody seems to know what he's going to be talking about ... why didn't he spend more time talking to the local districts, superintendents?" he said.
The speech will be streamed live on the White House Web site.
The following is a list of how various school districts are handling the speech. Districts are listed alphabetically:
Districts not listed did not return calls requesting information.
Districts in other states such as Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin have decided not to show the speech to students. Others are still thinking it over or are letting parents have their kids opt out.