Obama to open school year with address to students

President Barack Obama will address the nation's students in a live address Tuesday, September 8. The address will be broadcast live on the White House Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov at 12 p.m. EST.

In a letter to school principals announcing the address, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote:

The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

"This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation's school children about persisting and succeeding in school," wrote Duncan. "We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong."

Secretary Duncan's letter to principals and links to lesson plans.

Please note that the time of the President's address, originally announced for 1 p.m., has changed to 12 p.m. EST.