as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 02/28/2023 10:50am
A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited daily;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 121A.11, subdivision 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 121A.11, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
(a) All public and charter school students shall recite the
Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America deleted text beginone or more times each
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(1) by each individual classroom teacher or the teacher's surrogate; or
(2) over a school intercom system by a person designated by the school principal or
other person having administrative control over the school.
A local school board or a charter school board of directors may annually, by majority
vote, waive this requirement.
(b) Any student or teacher may decline to participate in recitation of the pledge.
(c) A school district or charter school that has a student handbook or school policy guide
must include a statement that anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge
of Allegiance for any personal reasons may elect not to do so and that students must respect
another person's right to make that choice.
(d) A local school board or a charter school board of directors that waives the requirement
to recite the Pledge of Allegiance under paragraph (a) may adopt a district or school policy
regarding the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.