Schools Mull Pledge Of Allegiance, US Flag Bills

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The time-honored tradition of students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance soon could be enshrined into Michigan law -- along with a requirement that every public school classroom have a U.S. flag.

The Michigan Legislature has approved the measures with little resistance, and the flag legislation is heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

School officials are pondering what the legislation will mean if it becomes law. And some share the concerns of dissenting lawmakers, who argued that cash-strapped schools can't afford more expenses and the measures thwart local control.

Many students already recite the pledge, but there's no required opportunity. The bill specifies students wouldn't be compelled to say it.

The House Fiscal Agency says Michigan would join 43 states requiring public schools to offer a recitation of the pledge.


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  • by Sue Location: Williamston on Sep 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    It's sad that we live in a time where we must make laws to require something we should do as a patriotic society and that is teach respect for our country! We have men and women fighting for our freedom. That flag mean everything to them. It should to us too! As far as expenses go for school's does the law specifically say it has to be a material flag? Can't you have a poster of the flag and still be in compliance? Just asking. Lastly, if you don't like the pledge and what it stands for, then you need to rethink your residence! I thank GOD for the troops fighting for our freedom. Freedom isn't free!
  • by Sue Location: Williamston on Sep 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    It's sad that we live in a time where we must make laws to require something we should do as a patriotic society and that is teach respect for our country! We have men and women fighting for our freedom. That flag mean everything to them. It should to us too! As far as expenses go for school's does the law specifically say it has to be a material flag? Can't you have a poster of the flag and still be in compliance? Just asking. Lastly, if you don't like the pledge and what it stands for, then you need to rethink your residence! I thank GOD for the troops fighting for our freedom. Freedom isn't free!
  • by Krystal Location: Okemos on Sep 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    We live in America if you don't like having respect for the country you live in MOVE OUT of it!
  • by anne Location: parma on Sep 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
    Pledge should always be said at school - students should not be required to say it. It's a right to say the Pledge and a right to not say it. Shame on those who want to take away anyone's rights.
  • by Pam Location: Lansing on Sep 15, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    I love it! Finally a law that enhances patriotism and civic pride. The schools can't afford flags? Really? At this time in our country they can't afford NOT to have flags.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to Pam
      Agreed, it is funny to me that opposition uses "expenses" as a reason to fight this. The school district I live in just spent 180k to give iPads to Kindergartners. Pretty sure you could buy a whole lot of flags for what one iPad costs.
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