Republican lawmaker’s bill would require students to say Pledge of Allegiance

Republican Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction, AZ, introduced legislation that would require students to recite the pledge each morning unless a parent excuses them. In addition, his bill would require students to set aside at least a minute each day for “quiet reflection and moral reasoning.”

Arizona law requires schools to set aside time for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance if they choose; however, they are not required to participate. Fillmore’s bill would leave no choice but to recite the Pledge unless a parent excuses the student from doing so,

The ACLU has stated Fillmore’s bill is unconstitutional but AZ Governor Doug Ducey thinks it’s a good idea.

“I’m a fan of the Pledge of Allegiance,” Ducey said. “I would be hopeful that all of our kids, especially our kids in grade school, would begin each day with the pledge.”

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