New FL Law: Schools Must Notify Students They Don't Have to Recite Pledge
A new law in Florida requires all public schools to notify students that they do not have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Existing law states that students can opt not to participate in the morning ritual if they so choose.
Under the new law, all public school districts must now advise parents and students of the constitutional right via their student handbook.
The existing law states that students can opt out of reciting the pledge by bringing a note from their parents.
The new law was pushed by the Central Florida Freethought Community on behalf of atheists and non-believers.
A separate atheist group called American Atheists warned that they will be monitoring each of the state’s 67 school districts to make sure they comply.
The measure goes into effect before the next school year.
Not all parents are on board with the idea, however.
"I think they should have to stand," parent Scott Donahue told WFTV.
"It's been like that for as long as I can remember, and I served in the Army, and I think you should respect the country you live in."
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