President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Address
COLUMBIA - Compared to last year, the president's address to school children isn't nearly as controversial.
Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says this year he hasn't heard any negative feedback. Last year on the other hand, Belcher says some parents felt President Obama's speech might include some political undertones. Belcher says that wasn't the case at all last year and that's why no one seems to mind this time.
"This year we're pretty comfortable the speech will not be politicized," Belcher said. "It's simply going to be a straightforward message and even a kindergartener can look at the face and know that's the President and he's been elected to do this and that so it has educational value at all levels."
The White House released a transcript of the speech the President is scheduled to give from a school in Pennsylvania at noon. Although the speech doesn't seem controversial, Belcher says Columbia schools won't force any student to watch. Parents can sign a slip that allows their student not to watch.