State School Superintendent Comments on President's Speech

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's schools superintendent says he thought President Barack Obama's televised address to school children contained basic principles that everyone can agree on regardless of political beliefs.

The speech delivered at a high school in Arlington, Va. created controversy with some conservative groups and parents saying it was an attempt to indoctrinate school children. Morton left the decision on whether to show the speech up to the discretion of local superintendents and principals. He said the speech presented some important life lessons including the need to study hard, to take advantage of America's opportunities and to not let life's failures define a person.

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