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Education Reporter
NUMBER 213 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS OCTOBER 2003

States Mandating Pledge in Schools 
The following 35 states require schools to include recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance during the school day:
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Five other states encourage schools to conduct the pledge — Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and Ohio. South Dakota has a law protecting the right to recite the Pledge at school.

Source: Education Commission of the States website, Aug. 2003


 
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