Perry: Concern over Obama speech understandable

September 3, 2009 1:23:44 PM PDT
Gov. Rick Perry says he understands the concerns of parents who don't want their children listening to President Barack Obama's school-time speech on education next week. But Perry says he's "certainly not going to advise anybody not to send their kids to school that day."

Obama plans to give a Tuesday speech aimed directly at the nation's school children, addressing the importance of education.

But parents across the nation are balking at the prospect, with some even calling on other parents to keep their children home from school that day.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Perry said he doesn't think school officials and parents know enough about what issues Obama will address. He said the White House should have kept local school officials informed.

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