Committee passes pledge bill
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota House committee has recommended that students in all South Dakota public school classrooms should recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.
The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to approve a measure that would require each public school district to give students the chance to recite the pledge each day. A student could choose not to take part, but would be required to maintain a respectful silence while others recited the pledge.
The issue became a hot topic in the state after the Sioux Falls School Board decided not to extend the daily pledge recitation to high schools. That led to a barrage of criticism, and the school board later reversed course and asked high school students to recite the pledge daily.