Fla. may change Pledge of Allegiance school law

Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 13:54:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida may soon change how it handles the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would change how families are notified of their right to skip the daily pledge. The measure is now headed to the full House.

Students are required to recite the pledge unless a parent asks in writing for a child to be excused.

A parent of a child at a Panhandle school told the school district it was not following notice requirements. Current law requires schools to post a notice telling students they don't have to recite the pledge.

The bill (HB 1403) sponsored by Rep. Doug Broxson would allow the notice to be placed in a student handbook instead.

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