President Obama is planning a speech to schoolchildren across the nation next week. The speech has sparked controversy and a lot of rumors.
Here are the facts:
The twenty-minute speech is billed as a push for students to succeed in school. The U.S. Department of Education isn't requiring schools to show the speech--only encouraging it.
It's up to principals at Northwest Allen County Schools.
The Department of Education is also suggesting classroom activities. One encouraged students to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." A department spokeswoman says this was meant in context of the president pushing students to reach their goals. But that drew criticism and has been changed. It now says, "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals."
For more information on the President’s speech, visit http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml.