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In the suburbs of Philadelphia, the Central Bucks School District in Bucks county, is refusing to show the Obama Speech. The decision didn't even go to the school board. And the school district, one of the wealthiest in the state, is using the excuse that they can't manage it technologically.

Local residents are outraged and called a last minute protest on Labor day at the county seat. About 100 protesters showed up.

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Little Carolyn Ansin sends the school district her message

Carolyn Ansin's father, Det Ansin, commented, "It was an appropriate response to an obscene act. To the press, the district initially justified their actions as a response to numerous angry phone calls. If they received enough angry phone calls, would they stop teaching evolution?"

In sleepy Doylestown PA, a 100 person demonstration is a rare event

Joe Frederick, a longtime resident of the school district, is outraged.

I asked a few of the protesters to write up their thoughts:
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Allen McQuarrie wrote:

A student was at the vigil. He had in hand a speech made by George Bush #41 he'd heard was presented in school, unfettered and uncensored. He showed it to our local Intell reporter at the scene. He also had a copy of Obama's speech and could not figure out why one was allowed to be shown and the other censored by the Superintendent. He is asking questions about democracy I cannot answer.

Students from the school district's two high schools wrote the following letter to the School Superintendent-- Dr. Laws:

Dear Dr. Laws,
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On behalf of the CB East Young Democrats, and CB West students interested in reviving the CB West Young Democrats, we ask you to provide all Central Bucks students - if they are so motivated - with the opportunity to watch the President's Back-To-School speech to the nation's students on Tuesday, September 8th.

We feel that it would be disingenuous of the district to deny any student who wishes to see the President's speech the means to do so. Politics aside -- Barack Obama is our President; the speech is clearly directed at students; the failure to recognize that right-wing caterwauling is anything less than political is willful ignorance.

We understand you are in a delicate position -- forced to adhere to the demands of your tax-paying constituents, our parents and the parents of Republican stalwarts. We are not asking you to make listening to the address mandatory; we are asking you to make it available to classes who are so inclined to stream the address.

We propose an alternative solution. In defense of the District's internet connection (the reason cited for not streaming the video live to all classrooms) - every school makes streaming the speech an option in gymnasiums in Elementary Schools and auditoriums in Middle and High Schools. This would eliminate the problem of overwhelming the internet connection, as well as prevent teachers from having to interrupt their teaching schedules. Students would have the option of leaving class to watch the speech - and would of course be required to make up any missed class work on their own time.

Surely the District has the capability to stream and project the video -- at the very least in the three High Schools?

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I just blogged about the fact that the preemptive ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 10:17:30 PM
A nice view of democracy in action. That sleepy to... by Linda Milazzo on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:05:33 AM
Is called the Pledge of Allegiance. How can such... by Ed Encho on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 5:32:46 AM
Just across the James River here in central Virgin... by Kahukugirl on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 6:19:34 AM
If this policy wasn't in place and used before we ... by tjb on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:16:47 AM
Now that we have seen a transcript of the actual s... by G J Lau on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:42:15 AM
They are NOW saying that the speech was changed af... by weslen1 on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:42:21 AM
you give real life to the types of people who dete... by Archie on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:36:10 PM
that the students' correspondence is so much more ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:14:39 AM
While I absolutely agree with the protestors about... by Devaron DLH on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:47:15 AM
the major difference between the American form of ... by Archie on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:45:39 PM
The photo of the sign saying "Censorship = Racism"... by John Jonik on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:41:36 PM
must the President be pre-vetted when he speaks to... by Archie on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:21:24 PM
< This whole episode needs to be exposed for... by Peter Wedlund on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:47:41 PM
If all schools were private, as they should be, th... by Darren Wolfe on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:55:05 PM
I'm a graduate of the public school systems at eve... by Linda Milazzo on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 5:51:56 PM
Linda,What makes you think that if the govt didn't... by Darren Wolfe on Saturday, Sep 19, 2009 at 7:32:10 AM
Today my students and I watched and listened as Ob... by Kahukugirl on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 4:40:28 PM
I remember learning about how things were supposed... by Clark on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 6:21:15 PM