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SSISD superintendent clarifies decision on president's speech

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Patsy Bolton says the decision not to air President Barack Obama's speech to students Tuesday to has led to "much displeasure and conflict," but public pressure had nothing to do with the decision.

"I want to offer a clarification regarding the decision," Bolton wrote in an e-mail. "It was not made as a result of a large number of calls. We are not keeping a tally of the number of positive and negative calls. The decision was made before we began receiving calls."

The News-Telegram reported Thursday that SSISD campuses would not be airing the president's address at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The article also noted that sources outside the district said Bolton's office had received "a large number of calls on the issue."

But Bolton stated in the e-mail that the decision was reached Thursday morning after a meeting with principals and communicating with other educators.

"I had not received any communication regarding the speech although one of the principals sent a copy of the letter that was sent to principals," Bolton wrote. "Through communication with Region VIII Education Service Center and other school districts, the decision was made not to air the president's speech LIVE next Tuesday. It is impossible to have all of SSISD's 4,130 students together to watch the live presentation at 12:00 noon."

A link is being placed on the school district's web page for anyone who chooses to watch the speech, Bolton added.

The president's message is to be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live/ and aired live on C-SPAN. A downloadable video of the speech will also be made available at www.whitehouse.gov Tuesday following the address.




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