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Superintendent issues statement regarding Obama speech

Spotsylvania schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger issued an email to parents to let them know about President Obama’s back-to-school speech that will be aired in classes tomorrow or Monday.

Parents can opt their children out of viewing the speech by filling out a form the division is providing.

Below is the message distributed by the division yesterday evening.

As you may be aware, President Obama delivered his third annual “Back-to-School” speech today at 1:30 p.m. at Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. 

The President’s “Back-to-School” address is an opportunity for the President to speak directly to students across the country.  In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own destinies.

Your student’s school will be showing the speech as part of instruction on either Friday, September 30, 2011 or Monday, October 3, 2011.  For more information about the President’s speech, logon to

If you prefer to opt your child out of viewing the speech, please sign the attached opt-out form and return to your student’s school by the morning of Friday, September 30.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Assistant Principal, or Principal should you have additional questions.


Dr. Shelley K. Redinger