An Arizona state representative introduced a bill to make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory for students in school.
Rep John Fillmore proposed a bill to amend the state law, which currently only requires schools to set have time set aside for the pledge. However, it does not mandate the students to participate.
Under the legislation being proposed by Fillmore, students in kindergarten programs and in first through 12th grade would be required to say the pledge in schools across the state.
When I was in school, there were no questions about it. In the morning we said the Pledge of Allegiance with our hands over our hearts, and then we began the day. It's strange to me for it to even be a option to participate.
More importantly, why would someone NOT want to participate? If you don't like our country, you can leave!
The bill states, “Pupils shall recite the pledge of allegiance to the united states flag during this time,” but adds that students can be excused with parental request.
The bill would also require Arizona school districts to set aside time in their classes each day for students to "engage in quiet reflection and moral reasoning for at least one minute."
The time is intended to be used by students to "engage in quiet reflection and moral reasoning." Students can be excused from that requirement as well with a parent’s request.
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The bill applies to public school districts and charter schools in the state but includes exemptions for “private schools, parochial schools and homeschools,” it states.
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