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Oklahoma state Senate passes bill requiring weekly Pledge of Allegiance in Oklahoma schools

Students would have to say the Pledge of Allegiance once a week in Oklahoma schools under bill passed by the state Senate and sent to the governor.
by Rick Green Published: April 29, 2014


photo - Prekindergarten student Erik Lopez-Servin, 4, recites the Pledge of Allegiance at Adams Elementary on Aug. 1 as the new school year began.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Prekindergarten student Erik Lopez-Servin, 4, recites the Pledge of Allegiance at Adams Elementary on Aug. 1 as the new school year began. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

A bill approved by the state Senate on Tuesday and sent to the governor would require schools to have students say the Pledge of Allegiance once a week.

The measure, approved 41-0, was authored by Sen. Larry Boggs, R-Wilburton.

Boggs said he introduced the bill at the request of constituents.

“At first I was surprised because almost all of our schools down there say the Pledge of Allegiance almost every day, but they had some concern about schools that weren’t doing it,” he said.

Boggs said he initially had mixed emotions about introducing the bill, but finally did so because “I got enough input from my people saying that we needed to clarify that.

“As a Vietnam vet and a military guy I was almost like, you know, forcing someone to say the pledge is kind of against the whole principle we stand for.”

Kim Lanier, superintendent of the Oakdale School District in Oklahoma City, said a daily Pledge of Allegiance is standard in his schools.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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