School leader cancels Bush field trip

September 14, 2009 1:04:49 PM PDT
The North Texas school district that didn't show President Barack Obama's speech to schoolchildren during class last week has canceled a field trip to see former President George W. Bush. About 600 fifth-graders in the Arlington school district were supposed to see Bush speak at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium next week at an event for the 2011 Super Bowl.

But Arlington schools Superintendent Jerry McCullough said Monday that the local and national attention over the issue has become a distraction.

School districts in Texas and at least five other states didn't show Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren last week. Three days later, the Arlington superintendent apologized but said teachers could play the recorded speech anytime.

McCullough also said he understood how the district's actions could be viewed as favoring one event over another.

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