A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday morning that would require the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited each morning classroom-by-classroom rather than over a school loudspeaker.
Under current state law, all public elementary schools must have students recite the pledge at the beginning of each day, and secondary schools at least once a week. SB223 would require the pledge to be recited in the classroom, with students taking turns in their classes leading it. It would also require secondary schools to do the pledge each day.
"I think we need to create an environment where the Pledge of Allegiance is more meaningful and creates an opportunity for conversations about the greatness of our country," said bill sponsor Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan. "I think that every child should have the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and reinforce their civic sense of duty and civic sense of gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy in this country."