Pledge Time Debated in Michigan Legislature

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Public schools soon could be required to set aside time each day for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday mandating that school districts offer the pledge.

It says students couldn't be forced to say the pledge if they or their parents objected.

Many schoolchildren in Michigan already recite the pledge, but some schools and teachers don't make time for it, says Republican Senator Patricia Birkholz of Saugatuck.

Some school officials have said the matter should be left up to schools, not required by the Legislature.

Similar legislation passed the Senate last session but died after the House amended it.