President's school speech released online

By WLOX Staff

WASHINGTON (WLOX) - The White House has released the text of a speech President Obama plans to give to school students across the country this week.

Obama's planned talk has been controversial, with several conservative organizations and individuals accusing him of trying to delve too directly into local education. But White House officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have said the charges are silly.

The speech mainly focuses on the responsibilities students have to themselves for their own education.

One portion of the president's speech reads, "We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that - if you quit on school - you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country."

The Education Department came under fire last week because some of the wording in proposed lesson plans distributed to accompany Tuesday's speech.

Secretary Duncan acknowledged that a section about writing to the president on how students can help him meet education goals was poorly written and has been changed.

Watch live video of the president's speech Tuesday at 11am using the video player at the top of this page.

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