Proposed Oregon Flag Bill Aims to Bring American Flags to Every Public Classroom

In addition to bringing more U.S. flags to public schools, the Oregon flag bill requires a daily opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Portland, Oregon, six members of the Oregon House introduced a new bill that would place an American flag in every public classroom and encourage recitation of the pledge of allegiance each day. The current law states that Oregon public schools are only required to have an American and Oregon state flag near the school building. Also, the school must give students the opportunity to salute Old Glory, but only once a week.

Oregon flag bill flags for classrooms

Included in the proposed bill is a mandate that each classroom must display an American and Oregon state flag. In addition, teachers and staff must provide a time at least once a day during school hours for students and employees to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A previous Supreme Court decision from 1943 said students cannot be forced or legally compelled to recite the Pledge or even stand.

A local Portland news station took to the streets to get the public’s opinion on the proposed Oregon flag bill. Citizens questioned showed mixed feelings. One person answered with, “As long as they explain to the kids what they’re saying I think it’d be a great thing.” Controversy still stands around certain words in the Pledge of Allegiance but general sentiment agrees that bringing more American flags to schools is a good idea.

What do you think of this proposed flag bill? Does your school district supply flags to every classroom? 

Credit: KATU

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