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Mass. Teachers Group Supports Obama Speech

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The Massachusetts Teachers Association said it supports having students in the state listen to the speech President Obama made at a suburban Washington, D.C., school on Tuesday.

Most Massachusetts schools taped the speech and are either showing it to students later or allowing interested teachers to use it in their lessons. A few schools showed it to students right away.

The state Department of Education advised school districts to respect the requests from any parents who ask that their child not participate in viewing the president's speech.

Massachusetts Teachers Association President Anne Wass said the president's message of working hard and excelling despite significant challenges is an important message for all students.

Wass said the union was saddened to know that, in some communities, schoolchildren will not be hearing the speech because of what she calls an "extremist" ideology of adults.

This program aired on September 8, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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