Proos supports ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ bill

LANSING – The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved legislation to ensure all Michigan students have the ability to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class, said Sen. John Proos.

“Honoring America by saying the Pledge at the beginning of each school day is something that every student should have the freedom and opportunity to do,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “While many schools already recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class, some students either seldom do or never say it at all. Even worse is that some students don’t even know the words to the Pledge or the meaning behind them.”

House Bill 4934 would require public school boards and public school academies to ensure that all students are given an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class, beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

“I strongly supported this measure because I believe that reciting the Pledge is a quick and easy way for children to remember the freedoms and values that our nation was founded upon and that have united us as Americans for more than 200 years,” Proos said. “If this initiative is signed into law, Michigan will join 43 other states that require schools to offer a time to recite the Pledge. Importantly, it would ensure that students who wish to say the Pledge can do so, while also protecting the freedom of a student to not participate.”

The bill now heads to the governor, who is expected to sign it.

Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Podcasts.”