Nebraska schoolchildren might soon be saying the Pledge of Allegiance even though a legislative effort to make saying the pledge state law failed this session.
Not that many of them don’t say it now. Many Nebraska schools set aside time for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but it’s not required.
An effort in the state legislature to make it a requirement failed to gain traction this session. Now, the Nebraska Board of Education is considering exercising its rule-making authority to require school districts to set aside time for the pledge.
State Board of Education Vice President Mark Quandahl says the board is considering a requirement that each school set aside time to say the pledge.
“There’s no actual requirement that each student recite the Pledge of Allegiance,” Quandahl tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “If they choose not to, they can either silently stand or remain seated, but they do need to respect the rights of those pupils electing to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
The board would instruct the Department of Education to hold a public hearing on the issue. If the board approves the rule, it still would have to be approved by the Governor and the Attorney General to go into effect.