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Superintendent Bill Cason Asked to Resign for Not Showing Obama Speech

By TheWatchman on September 16, 2009

Reverend Floyd Rose

Rev. Floyd Rose addresses the Valdosta Board of Education demanding Cason's resignation.

Valdosta City School Superintendent Dr. Bill Cason was asked to resign Monday night during a regular Board of Education meeting. Rev. Floyd Rose, president of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addressed the Board and the predominately black audience regarding Cason's decision not to show President Barack Obama’s speech on education during school hours. Prior to the meeting, the Board of Education Office received numerous complaints and demands as to why Obama's speech was not shown.

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President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

By TheWatchman on September 8, 2009

President Barack Obama addressed students today to give them a 'pep talk' about their education and responsiblities to our country.  Some schools are showing the speech, some are not, some have an 'opt out' option and some are recording it to air later.  Here are a few more details about this controversial speech.

Obama opting to speak directly to children in school has met extreme backlash from the conservative side, who cite that he is indoctrinating them.  This came after reading his original speech plans and lessons, which included having students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president" and discussing "what the President wants us to do".  After the conservative backlash hit the media, the wording was changed to say "write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term educational goals". 

Shown below is the speech text that was released prior to his televised speech on September 8th.
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