House committee OKs daily Pledge of Allegiance bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) A House committee has approved a bill calling for the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited daily in Oregon public classrooms.

It would also require classrooms to display the American flag.

Under Oregon law, schools must give students the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.

The bill approved unanimously on Friday would require schools to do so daily.

Students can't be compelled to say the pledge. They can remain silent. The bill wouldn't change that.

Supporters say the pledge is an important part of civic education. Critics say requiring time each day for the Pledge of Allegiance would further ostracize students who don't participate because of religious or other reasons.

The bill next goes to the House floor for a vote.

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