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Pledge of Allegiance Statute -- After the passage of Session Law 2006-137, which amends several North Carolina statutes pertaining to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools, the ACLU-NCLF received several complaints from parents and teachers who contend that children in North Carolina public schools are being compelled to recite the Pledge and are not being informed that they have the right to refuse to stand, salute the flag, or recite the Pledge, even though North Carolina law clearly provides that a public school “shall not compel any person to stand, salute the flag, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” As a result, the ACLU-NCLF sent a letter to the State Superintendent, the Chairman of the North Carolina Board of Education and Lt. Governor Purdue, asking those state officials to immediately instruct all North Carolina Boards of Education to ensure that all public school principals and teachers are aware of this aspect of the law. The State Board Chairman responded, ensuring that all North Carolina superintendents and principals would again be notified that students and teachers may not be compelled to recite the Pledge.
Buncombe County school officials are working on a policy requiring time be set aside time each day for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The move comes after a complaint that students at Reynolds High were not reciting the pledge daily.
Officials said Thursday they were unaware of a 2006 change in state law mandating time be allotted for the pledge and requiring individual school boards have a policy on the matter.
“It was my understanding that, regardless of what the law had said, the practice in our schools was to recite the pledge,” said Steve Sizemore, chairman of the school board. “Luckily, someone brought to our attention that this was not being done, and we rectified the situation within a day.”...