Pawlenty questions motivation of Obama's school speechby Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio
Falcon Heights, Minn. — Gov. Tim Pawlenty says President Obama's planned back to school speech imposes on the nation's schools.
"It might have been helpful if the president would've posted what the content of it was so people would know ahead of time whether it was political or it's just substantive and good wishes," the governor said.
Pawlenty questioned Obama's motive for the Tuesday morning address, but said his main concern is the timing of the event.
"To do it on the first day of school when it's potentially inconvenient for many, when it's uninvited, it been kind of imposed upon the student by some schools," Pawlenty said. "I just think people are concerned about what the motivation is and whether that's a great use of their time."
The state's teacher's union - Education Minnesota suggests schools carry the address live.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators has said school officials should watch the video and possibly replay it for students at a later time.