Board of Education considering requiring Pledge of Allegiance

By: Ashley Harding

Saying the Pledge of Allegiance isn't required in Nebraska public schools. Now, the Board of Education is considering a revision.

It's how many students and teachers begin their school day, and while it's an everyday routine for most, it's not required in the public school system. That could change under a new revision the State Board of Education is considering.

“When you get to stand up and say the Pledge, you get to learn and feel like you know a little more what our Founders felt was great for our country,” said Jenna Myers, who supports the requirement.

Under it, public school officials would be required to lead students in reciting the pledge. For Richard Zierke, it's a matter of patriotism. Earlier this year, he pushed for a similar bill to pass through the legislature. That bill never made it out of committee.

“We teach our children, if we don't teach our children what 'American' is, what freedom stands for, and how much freedom costs, we're going to lose it,” said Zierke.

Even if the Board of Education approves this measure, it would ultimately be up to the student to decide if they want to say the Pledge. Some say they should because it's the patriotic thing to do, but others have different ideas.

“I think it should be up to the parents. Maybe a survey sent out, and it shouldn't be required,” said Erin Chatterton who opposes the revision.

A public hearing will be held at the State Office building on Wednesday morning. Everyone interested in testifying is encouraged to attend. The board will vote next month.