Pledge of Allegiance in Michigan

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Michigan public school students are not required to say the Pledge of Allegiance. According to the Michigan Department of Education, the Pledge is a good way to promote citizenship. However, each district independently decides whether or not to recite the Pledge on a daily basis.

The Ninth Circuit Court judge put Wednesday's ruling on hold, but regardless of the outcome, the court's final ruling will not directly affect Michigan residents.

T.J. Bucholz, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, says Michigan public schools should focus more on teaching students what they need to know - including math and social studies skills - rather than worrying whether or not students choose to pledge allegiance to the flag. He also says teachers will do their best to accommodate students who may or may not want to say the Pledge.

Local law experts say decisions made by the Ninth Circuit Court are often overturned.