Alabama bill would make Pledge of Allegiance mandatory in public schools

Students at Girard Middle School in Dothan, Alabama recite the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo: WRGX)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTHR) — One Alabama lawmaker wants to make public schools say the Pledge of Allegiance daily.

Republican State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter had a personal experience with his granddaughter that sparked him to write the proposal.

"(She) came down (to Montgomery) last year to be a page and she was nervous about doing the Pledge of Allegiance," Ledbetter said to WRGX.

He later realized his granddaughter was so nervous because she does not recite the Pledge every day at school. So, he wrote a bill that would require public schools to say the Pledge of Allegiance daily. It does not require students to participate if they don't want to.

The bill also does not apply to private schools.

Ledbetter said school districts would be better protected from lawsuits under the new law because they'd be following guidelines set by the state school board.

An Alabama House committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday. Next, the full House will vote on the proposal.

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