I have spoken to the media and e-mailed principals regarding President Obama’s speech. Our teachers have the academic freedom to show this broadcast to their students if they choose and if it is included in their instructional standards and benchmarks. Parents have the right to have their children assigned an alternate activity if their child’s teacher is participating and the parent does not want their child in class. Parents have the right to visit classrooms at any time in our district as long as they provide prior notice to the teachers. That is part of the contract. Schools and teachers have the link to sample lesson plans for this presentation. Based on this information, the presentation includes setting attainable academic goals, taking personal responsibility for your future, graduating from high school with career and college ready skills and taking challenging and rigorous coursework in school.
Again, parents who are concerned about this message may send a note to their child’s teacher on Tuesday morning. As always, parents have the right to check their children out of school whenever they choose. Teachers have academic freedom to deliver instruction through a variety of instruction strategies. Although curriculum is governed in our state by Sunshine State Standards the delivery model of that content is part of the academic freedom of the teacher. They select activities and strategies that are appropriate for the age and ability level of their students. I attempted to call you at 12:00 but was unable to reach you. Please call me at 833-3110 if I can help you with any other information regarding this issue.
Have a great three day weekend,
Alexis Tibbetts, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
120 Lowery Place, SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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