Pitt County Schools Will Not Show President's Address To Students Tuesday

The Pitt County school system will not show tomorrow's Presidential Address to students.

The school system says based on the information from federal education officials, it believes there will be "many educational opportunities to show this video as it relates to our 'Standard Course of Study' and to our recent 'Drop Out Prevention Campaign.'"

However, the school system says it cannot air the broadcast live tomorrow for several reasons.

Officials say showing a video without first previewing it is a violation of educational policy.

They also say the district does not have "broadcast or bandwidth capacity to show this live to all students at the same time," and the broadcast timing would cause some students to miss lunch.

Pitt County school officials also say "the window of planning time provided by the USDOE is not sufficient to appropriately follow our guidelines which require correlation to the SCOS, principal approval and where applicable, parent notification and permission."

Teachers will be permitted to show the video later after following all school guidelines and parental notification procedures.

Click here to learn more about the policy at Pitt County Schools and view educational materials.


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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    A speech to students from the president is a honor. PITT county do not deprive your students from what the president have to say to ALL our students. LET THEM SEE and HEAR him. If my child was in your district, she would be allowed to hear this speech on school property.
  • by Big T Location: ENC on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Ok, Please tell me why not showing a video during school brings up racism and THE CIVIL WAR. I dont like OBAMA. Not because he is black,green or purple. He Bowed down to the Saudi Prince, Told another nation that We were not a christian nation. The president of The United States gets on his knees for nobody. And as far as a Christian nation, what happened to one nation under GOD. As far as the war in Iraq and other places. I have two sons in Iraq at the same time. I support them and what they are doing. I reckon the next time somebody attacks the US we will send 20 million dollars worth of missiles to the desert blow up a tent and two camels and say there take that. Wake up America those people hate us, our way of life and everything about it. As far as the video for school kids. His points to the kids, most I agreed with. As his politics only time will tell. Might be to late when we find out. God bless our Troops
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    It's funny. The parents can careless about their children's education and the criticize the board for every decision they make. Here's some advice: -lead by example -get a full time job -teach your children to respect the decisions of the school board -if you have an option, express it tactfully It's is not the sole responsibility of the school to prepare YOUR children for adulthood. They are here to educate. But they need your support. Before you call me a racist, I'm black. I'm just keeping it real, yo.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    Thanks Nikki, I just wish some of these idiots posting knew what it is like. I was in Iraq for the invasion and was there twice since, I have seen the difference between what it was like and what it is like now. Major accomplishments. I do not like these wars anymore than the rest of you but I choose to do it so my children wont have to. I would rather fight the terrorists over there than over here. I wish you all knew what it is like to say goodbye to your wife and children and not know if it will be the last time you get to see them, maybe then you would have a better appreciation for the freedoms you have and the rights you have.
  • by Nikki on Sep 11, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    To anonymous Sep 11 2009 at 2:57pm I am so glad for you to have posted your message. I was waiting for someone to let everyone know how bad it is "over there". I have heard how it was but I have not been so I did not want to say anything about it. THANK-YOU so so so so much for serving for our Great Country!!! Please tell your family thanks to them too for putting up with idiots that don't appreciate the military and their families, I DO!!! I am greatful to you and your family, again THANKS!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    OK, how many of the people that voted for Obama voted for the first time in their lives? If you look at the statistics there were alot more black voters that turned out for this election than any election before. That is why I say that some people voted for him because of his color. Everyone has the rigt to vote for who ever they want to, too bad they dont do it for the right reasons. I consider myself to be a conservative, I do not want to see America run entirely by the government. I have spent over 19 years in the Marine Corps fighting for my country and what I beleive in and praying that my children will ever have to be on the front lines and see what I have witnessed during my tours. You can say what you want about there being no reason for us going into Iraq, but until you have seen first hand what Sadamm had done to his own people you have no right to talk. Although I do not agree with Obama, he is still my Commander in Chief and will follow his orders because it is my JOB. USMC.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Al or who ever you are. You wish you had half the education and knowledge Obama has. You call him a moron, please.
  • by washington on Sep 10, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    I think that it wouldnt hurt anyone to hear the President out. If it was any other president it would of been no questions asked, it would be watched. He made some very said comments to the kids about education and staying positive, not speaking to the adults. He is very educated and smart, couldnt say the same for Bush. If someone asked Bush a question about politics or about the things happening overseas or even Iraq, he would say something stupid like 'I would just get on that horse and ride. Half the time he didnt even know what he was talking about. So thank God we have a great,young,smart president. So people just get over it!
  • by Sherry on Sep 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    I think President Obama is smart & wise enough to know not to say anything out of place to the kids. All he is doing is trying to guide them in the right direction. Yes, it's a parent's job to raise their kids, but, you can't talk to much to a child especially if it's positive. When Bush made a speech to the kids, did it have to be watched by someone with authority to ok it?? NO.. President Obama is a smart man & he is our President..Get over it you racists. You can't do anything about it. Just think..if the parents are showing racism, aren't there kids practicing racism as well? This is 2009..
  • by anon Location: wallace on Sep 10, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    TO YANKEE, i have to say BOB is correct, this nations forefathers lived and acted like christians and feared GOD. the first ammendment states " that congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof" when more people were christians the nation was better off than today .
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