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To pledge or not to pledge?

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September

6a00d83451b05569e2011570256159970b-800wi The new school year brings another raft of challenges to the notion that all public school students must stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

This month, Orange County decided to require students to bring a note from home to opt out. Back in the spring, Marion grappled with the issue, too.

Fox News reports that it's not just a Florida matter. The subject has come up in New Mexico, where the ACLU is fighting to have schools tell students they have the right to abstain from the pledge if they wish.

On the other side, folks argue that the pledge is an important part of our national culture, not to be ignored.

The courts already have said that kids don't have to participate as a matter of their First Amendment rights. How far do you think schools need to go to ensure that students know these rights?

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