Arizona GOP wants forced Pledge of Allegiance in schools

Left: Arizona State Rep. Barbara Parker (R-Mesa), via Twitter. Right: Students at Henderson’s Chandler Elementary School say the “Pledge of Allegiance” during a Veterans Day program, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Corydon, Ky. (Mike Lawrence/The Gleaner via AP)

In a potential challenge to decades-old Supreme Court precedent, Republicans in the Arizona legislature have expressed unanimous support for a bill that would require schoolchildren to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rep. Barbara Parker (R-Mesa) introduced House Bill 2523 in January. It adds a recitation requirement to existing state law that already requires schools to set aside a specific time each day for students to say the pledge.

“Each student shall recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States during this time,” unless a parent requests that the student be excused, the law says.

Arizona state law also already requires school districts and charter schools to display a U.S. flag in every classroom.

Arizona GOP wants forced Pledge of Allegiance in schools

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