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President delivers educational address

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On Tuesday, September 8th, President Obama delivered a national address to students. The Department of Education touted his address challenges students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

His speech aired live on the White House website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/video/President-Obamas-Message-for-Americas-Students/) and on C-SPAN

School districts were not forced to carry the speech. Muscogee County parents had a chance to fillout the opt-out form if they did not want their child to watch the address.  

"I think it's a great idea not to make it mandatory. Some people don't agree with the President. "said Erin Walker, a parent.

Randa Schmitt, another parent remarked, "It definitely should be mandatory. I think it's great for our children to be educated on what's going on."

Friday, Muscogee County Schools posted a letter on its website notifying parents of the option.

A transcript of the address is posted on the White House's website -- giving parents an opportunity to review the speech (http://www.whitehouse.gov/MediaResources/PreparedSchoolRemarks/)

In conjunction with the address, the Department of Education launched the "I Am What I Learn" video contest. 

Students ages 13 and older can create videos, up to two minutes in length, describing the steps they will take to improve their education and the role education will play in fulfilling their dreams. Visit www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn to find out more.

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