President Barack Obama to address students Wednesday

President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual back-to-school speech at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 28)  at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC.

The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media, and closed to the public as this event is by invitation only.

Students in the Elk River Area School District will have an opportunity to watch it, but students will also have an opportunity to opt-out.

“This has somehow been controversial with some of our constituents,” Superintendent Mark Bezek reported at Monday night’s meeting of the Elk River Area School Board.

In previous back to school addresses, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own destinies.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School opened in 1981 as a magnet school for students in grades 9-12 enrolled in rigorous academic experiences in preparation for college. It placed on the Newsweek list of America’s Best High Schools for 2011 for their high graduation rates, college matriculation rates, and test scores. Banneker is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch the remarks. For more information about watching the speech, visit

Schools across the country can also watch the speech live on MSNBC as a special feature of NBC News’ “Education Nation” – part of NBC’s weeklong commitment to education reports and programming across the network’s shows and platforms beginning September 25.