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UPDATE: Houston parents can opt students out of Obama speech

In response to a message this morning from Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox, Houston County superintendent David Carpenter has instructed school officials to allow objecting parents or guardians to opt their students out of President Obama's planned Tuesday address to school children.

A release from Houston County director of community and school affairs Beth McLaughlin said: "In light of this message, our school system will offer our parents the opportunity to have their children opt out of this activity. Our parents will be notified through our automated calling system that our schools will participate in this activity on Sept. 8 and that we support the message of the importance of getting an education and staying in school. Parents will also be informed that if they so choose, they may send a note to school stating that their child is not to participate."

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