Hastings school officials have received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska warning them they cannot compel employees to sign the oath.
The ACLU warns in the letter than though a 1951 state law might require the oath, the United States Supreme Court has ruled employees cannot be forced to sign.
Hastings school superintendent, Craig Kautz, insists the district is simply complying with state law and that the district’s attorney advises it is still valid.
Under the state law, teachers must pledge that they believe in the United States of America and that they acknowledge a duty to teach students that its policies and institutions make it the finest country in the world.
Nebraska ACLU attorney Amy Miller says a number of teachers have complained about the requirement.
In her letter to the school district, Miller wrote that employees love their jobs, but “they have deeply held beliefs that do not permit them to sign an outdated McCarthy era pledge.”
The letter gives the district seven days to respond.
This is the first year Hastings has asked employees to sign the pledge.
Kautz says no teacher will lose their job for declining to sign the pledge.
Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this report.