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President Obama speaks about education

Date: September 8, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's top education officials remain silent on President Obama's speech.

Rebecca Stephen has more from Jefferson City.

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Wrap: Missouri education officials from both the Department of Education and Missouri State Teacher's Association did not comment on President Obama's speech to American students.

The only person available for comment was the spokesperson from the Missouri State Teacher's Association Todd Fuller.

Fuller says the focus of presidential speeches is normally on the duties of parents and teachers.    

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Description: "President Obama did a good job talking about responsibilities of students as well and that's a message that sometimes gets over looked, and it is an important one and I think it is one that probably resonated well with students."

While Fuller thought the President's speech was positive, top officials from the Missouri State Teacher's Association still withheld comment.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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President Obama reaches out to students in the St. Louis school district.

Rebecca Stephen has more from Jefferson City.

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Wrap: Students in St. Louis listened to President Obama say they need to be more responsible about their education.

St. Louis school district spokesperson Patrick Wallace says teachers were able to show the students the speech if it went along with what they were learning in class.

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Description: "If a parent didn't want their student to participate or watch it then the student would of been assigned to another academic activity during the time period."

Wallace says he believes most of the 77 schools in the St. Louis School district showed the President's speech.

From the state Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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Top education officials from Missouri don't comment on President Obama's speech.

Rebecca Stephen has more from Jefferson City.

 

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Wrap: The Missouri Department of Education and the Missouri State Teacher's Association both did not comment on President Obama's speech about education.

The only person to comment was spokesperson for the Missouri State Teacher's Association Todd Fuller.

Fuller says Obama's story about overcoming struggles helps send a positive message to students.

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Description: "If anyone can talk about how it affected them, I think that students and anyone listening tend to kind of emphasize a little more and understand a little bit more because the illustration is more personal."

Officials from Missouri's two largest education departments still remain silent.

From the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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