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Education Reporter
NUMBER 200 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2002

Excerpts from the Nebraska State Board of Education's

RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Whereas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on June 26, 2002 in Newdow v. U.S. Congress that both the 1954 act adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and the teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, with the added words included, in public schools violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has no jurisdiction over the Great State of Nebraska, meaning that its ruling in Newdow v. U.S. Congress lacks controlling authority here; and
Whereas, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words "under God," in the public schools of the Great State of Nebraska is an affirmation of the respect which its citizens have for the United States of America and the flag which represents it;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved By The Nebraska State Board of Education: 
1. That the Nebraska State Board of Education supports the Pledge of Allegiance as it is currently written and recited, including the words "under God."  
2. That the Nebraska State Board of Education strongly urges and encourages all public, private, denominational, and parochial schools in the Great State of Nebraska to lead their students in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance as it is currently written, including the words "under God."


 
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