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Education Reporter
NUMBER 246 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JULY 2006

Pledge of Allegiance 'Unconstitutional' in One Florida School District

Cameron Frazier, a 17-year-old high school junior at Boyton Beach High School, Florida, filed a lawsuit after a Dec. 8 incident in which Frazier says he was ridiculed by his teacher for not participating in the Pledge of Allegiance during class.

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Ryskamp ruled that a 1942 Florida law that required students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional. The ruling applies to the one school district involved. However Frazier's attorney, ACLU lawyer James Green, requested a statewide injunction. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 6-2-2006)

Meanwhile, Michael Newdow is pursuing his campaign against the Pledge of Allegiance. On Sept. 14, 2005, a federal court ruled that California schools' policy of leading willing students in a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because it contains the two words "under God." The case is now on appeal before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against the Pledge in the original Newdow case.


 
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