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.”ABC15: