Chambers seeks end of Pledge requirement
State Sen. Ernie Chambers is pushing for lawmakers to repeal a policy that policy that schools must set aside time each day for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The State Board of Education unanimously imposed the policy as a condition for keeping state accreditation and funding and Governor. Dave Heineman approved it.
The Lincoln Journal Star says Chambers contends that the move "deliberately and brazenly" disregarded the actions of the Legislature after a similar plan last year didn't make it out of the Education Committee. Monday, the same committee will consider Chambers' bill (LB540) that essentially would reverse the board's action.
Chambers says it is "an issue of letting the state board of education and every other state entity know that they are not going to treat the Legislature with contempt and get away with it."
The requirement the board enacted only designates that time be set aside for a daily pledge. It doesn't force any student or teacher to actually say it, or specify who should lead it.
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