Wednesday, September 09, 2009

From our Superintendent. Thank You.

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard, President Obama is planning to address the nation’s schoolchildren for approximately 15 minutes at 12:00 noon on September 8. According to a letter to school principals sent by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the President intends to “challenge students to work hard and take responsibility for their learning.”

Although we certainly support such a message, the airing of this live broadcast on the White House’s Web site has raised some concern throughout the country. I do not want this issue to become a distraction to our academic focus or take away from our superb opening of school.
In keeping with the district’s bipartisan policy, I am advising the Trumbull Public Schools to routinely address this program as it would any other educational topic of interest, such as a rebroadcast of the State of the Union Address, an important debate, or a space launch. I would ask building principals and their teachers to determine if, and in what manner, the program will be shown. School staff know the curriculum and content best, and can utilize whatever segment(s) they believe might result in a positive learning experience for their class.

Thank you.

Sincerely,Ralph M. Iassogna

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