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POLL: Do We Need a State Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance in Schools?

House will consider joining Senate to make daily ceremonies mandatory.

We’re one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – a familiar phrase that some state legislators believe should be a required way for students to start each day.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to mandate Pledge of Allegiance ceremonies daily in public elementary and secondary schools. Students still could choose not to recite it.

A companion proposal, also sent to the full House, would require an American flag in each classroom.

"It's about the foundation of our country," Committee Chair Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a Republican, is quoted by Mlive Media Group as saying after this week’s vote. "It gets students thinking about the United States and what we stand for."

Democrats joined Republicans in voting 16-1 in favor of the Pledge bill and 15-2 to require flags.

Rep. Doug Geiss, D-Taylor, dissented on both votes. "I just don't know that it's a problem," he said, according to MLive. "Schools are reciting the pledge. And if you find one that’s not, take it up with the school board because it should be a board decision."

Michigan senators passed similar bills last November in a move to join 43 states requiring that pupils at least hear the Pledge each school day.

Trenton Public Schools begin each Board of Education meeting with the Pledge.

The well-known Pledge was written in 1892 by Frank Bellamy, a Baptist minister from New York. Congress added the words "under God" in 1954.

What do you think? Tell us in the poll or comments below.

Ron June 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
You've got to be kidding me. Nothing against the pledge of allegiance but this is a little ridiculous. Our full time legislature apparently has a little too much time on their hands.
Teddy Quinones June 10, 2012 at 03:48 AM
All public & private schools should be required to stand up for the American flag of allegiance. Then why are we still here? Without GOD, we as a nation can't stand against tyranny!
terri rhyne June 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
We did it in school and it made a difference as far as being proud to be a u.s. citizen as a country we have ventured to far from being proud to be a citizen of this great country.

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