Will you children be hearing President Obama's speech to students today?
It's going to depend on your child's principal if you're in the Wake County school system. Greg Thomas, Wake's director of communications, sent an e-mail to principals on Tuesday saying the speech is considered to be "an optional instructional activity."
The e-mail says "Should individual schools choose to participate, they are asked to follow our practice for any additional enrichment activity.
Schools may participate if:
* The video webcast activity is aligned with the objectives in the Standard Course of Study for the class or course during which the webcast is offered;
* Parents of the students who might participate be made aware of the activity; and
* Should a parent choose not to have their child participate in the video webcast activity, an appropriate alternative educational activity be provided separate from the event."
According to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the speech ahead of time, Obama will encourage students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them.
This is Obama's third annual speech to students.
In 2009, school board member Ron Margiotta argued it would be inappropriate to show the speech in school.
Last year, now chairman Margiotta said it wasn't a big deal for schools to show the speech. A number of schools decided not to air the speech at all.