Denver School one step closer to scoring Obama commencement speech

Denver School of Science and Technology has made it to the final round in the White House Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. DSST is one of three finalist schools competing to land a presidential graduation speech next month. Should DSST win the contest, it would be another victory for Democrats in Denver, who have scored repeat visits by the president during his first year in office. The burning question, of course, is how much socialist indoctrination can the president pack into a graduation speech? After all, kids’ minds are malleable at that age– even the sharply honed domes of the crackerjack students at DSST!

Gov. Bill Ritter congratulates the school:

“This school is a model for reform and success. One hundred percent of all seniors in the school’s history have earned an acceptance to a four year college. I hope that President Obama selects DSST and can meet our future leaders and innovators. We will look forward to learning good news on Tuesday for DSST,” said Gov. Ritter.

When Obama taped a back-to-school address to be shown in classrooms last September, GOP voter-parents across the country and in Colorado objected to the plan as mind-melding propaganda.

Many conservative parents are convinced the president is going to use the opportunity to press a partisan political agenda on impressionable young minds.

“Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me,” suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. “I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.”

The commencement contest finalists include DSST, Clark Montessori Jr. & Sr. High School in Cincinnati and Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Colorado Independent has skin in this game: our sister site in Michigan is no doubt cheering for Kalamazoo Central.

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