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Bill Aims to Make "Pledge of Allegiance" Mandatory in Schools

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The Michigan House has passed legislation requiring every state public school classroom to have a U.S. flag and provide an opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The House approved two measures Wednesday. The flag legislation already passed the Senate and goes to Governor Rick Snyder for signature.

"This is about creating citizens and respect for our heritage and culture,"said Republican Senator Roger Kahn, the bill's sponsor.

The lobbyist for the School Board Association Dan Wortroba says many elementary schools are doing that now and while he sees no need for the law, the school boards will not oppose it.

"Don't know if there's necessarily a law needed at this time, but we don't have a problem with its passage," said Don Wortroba. (Reporter) You will not oppose it? (Wortroba) "No, not at all."

The Senate will consider the pledge legislation.

"You or your parents or guardian, whomever is in charge of the child, can say we don't want him to do it," said Kahn.

Some lawmakers express concern that cash-strapped schools can't afford the flags and say it thwarts local control.

The House Fiscal Agency says Michigan joins 43 states requiring a recitation of the pledge.

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