Nebraska May Require Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Board of Education in Nebraska is considering whether to require all schools in the state to begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

KETV-TV in Omaha reports that students in most elementary schools already recite the Pledge, but the practice does not extend to high schools. The new possible rule would change that.

"It's a small act of valor on our students' part to participate in the freedoms that they are given," said Jim Sheer, president of the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Students who do not want to say the Pledge for whatever reason will not be forced to; they can just stand quietly.

"This rule is not compulsory," said board member Robert Evnen. "This rule calls for the voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance."

Voluntary or not, there are concerns that people could stage protests just to cause trouble.

"We create a flash point for student to make an issue -- to make a point," said state Education Commissioner Dr. Roger Breed.

A similar bill stalled in the state legislature this year. The Board will likely not make a final decision until the summer.