School districts now required to make time for the Pledge

By: Kayla Bremer

The Nebraska Board of Education voted unanimously to require school districts to set aside time each day for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Each classroom will likely have a U. S. flag in it soon, if it doesn't already.

The Nebraska Board of Education voted 8-0 in favor of the new rule. It requires school districts to establish a time for teachers and students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day in the presence of an American flag.

“I think if you live in the United States, you owe your allegiance to that country,” said Lincoln resident, Harriet Reinsch.

“I don't think it should be required but it is a nice way to start the day,” said Lincoln resident, Kerri Mize.

Students, kindergarten through 12th grade will be allowed to opt out if they choose but they must stand or sit silently in respect to others who want to  say it.

Robert Van Valkenburg suggested an amendment requiring all students to stand, but it failed. “There is no reason whatsoever to allow people to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance of the flag that covers the caskets of our fallen warriors when they return home,” said State Board candidate, Van Valkenburg.

District Two Board member, Mark Quandahl, introduced the motion for changing the bill. “Nothing is more important than instilling a sense of pride and patriotism in our country for our public school students,” said Quandahl.

The Governor and the State Attorney's Office must still approve the change. If they do, students can begin reciting the Pledge beginning this school year.