Lawmakers in Alabama may soon require schools to start the learning day with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The state’s House of Representatives voted 101-9 requiring all public schools, in grades from kindergarden through 12th grade, to recite the pledge every morning. Schools are required to conduct it, but students will not be required to participate, The Associated Press reported.
The reason -- some students don’t know it because they don’t recite it regularly, according to House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R - Rainsville), according to the AP.
Ledbetter said his grandchild’s school doesn’t recite the pledge even though it is required by the state’s education board, AL.com reported.
Right now, schools have to give students the opportunity to recite it. The bill will change the wording to “shall be conducted,” AL.com reported.
The bill moves to the Alabama Senate.