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Update: Pledge might not be required in schools

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

Most of us remember the days of looking at the flag every morning and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  But if one senator gets his way, the pledge may no longer be part of the daily routine in Nebraska classrooms.

Just a few months ago, the State Board of Education made it a policy that schools must set aside time each day for teachers and students who want to say the pledge.

"It's something I think students should know about and should be taught," Zach Bock said.  "But again, I think they should have the choice whether they want to do it."

But now, State Sen. Ernie Chambers wants that policy reversed.  He says the move by the State Board of Education disregarded the Legislature's motion to shelf the bill.

The Education Committee will consider Chambers' bill Monday afternoon and the man behind the push to get the pledge in school's isn't happy about it.

"I'm not sure if he's upset with the pledge, if he's upset with the teachers, or to find out that the Nebraska Legislature doesn't have the last say in everything," Vietnam Veteran Richard Zierke said.  "I went there two years ago and said, 'Can you help me state Legislature?' and they turned their back on me so I went to the next level which was the State Board of Education."

Zierke asked former Sen. Tony Fulton to bring forth the bill last year after he realized Nebraska is one of seven states who don't have any laws regarding the pledge.

The board voted 8–0 and Gov. Dave Heineman approved it.

The current policy only says that time must be set aside. It doesn't force anyone to participate.  Although many people think it should be something students should want to do.

"That's how the United States of America was formed," Brian Gordon said.  "Men like him and I you know, served time in the military to give kids that right."

By: KLKN Newsroom
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A Nebraska lawmaker says he wants to overturn a State Board of Education policy that requires schools to allow students time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.
    

The Legislature's Education Committee will hear a bill by Sen. Ernie Chambers on Monday that reverses the board's action requiring the pledge to be said in schools.
    

Last August, the board voted unanimously to approve the pledge policy. Gov. Dave Heineman also supported the policy after a similar legislative proposal failed to advance out of the Education Committee last year.     

Chambers says he wants to get rid of the State Board of Education's rule because the members disregarded the Legislature's motion to shelf the bill.

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