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Clayton parents offered opt-out for Obama speech

Clayton County parents will have an opportunity to request that their children not hear President Barack Obama's upcoming, nationally televised speech on education, Clayton County Public Schools Spokesman Charles White said on Friday.

Obama is expected to encourage students to take responsibility for their education during his address to the youths, which is scheduled to take place at noon on Tuesday. The address will be simulcast on the White House's web site, and on C-SPAN.

Some people have criticized the move, with the Associated Press reporting that some conservative critics of Obama are accusing the president of trying to promote an agenda among children.

As a result of the controversy, Clayton County Public Schools is making an opt-out method available to parents and school administrators.

White said schools have the option of not showing the speech. He added that parents, who do not want their children to hear the speech, will have to send a letter to the principal of their child's school, with the child, on Tuesday.

Children who do not watch the speech, and participate in affiliated educational activities, will be provided with alternative activities, White said.