An Atlanta charter school announced Tuesday that students would no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, and administrators are looking to replace it with an alternate “school pledge.”
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School administrators reportedly made the change to encourage students to start the day “as a fully inclusive and connected community.”
“Over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand or recite the pledge,” Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School elementary campus president Lara Zelski said in a statement.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1943 case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that students are not required to stand for the pledge, schools like Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School are seeking to do away with the pledge altogether because of an increasing number of students refusing to stand for the pledge or the national anthem.
A Detroit-area teacher was placed on administrative leave in September 2017 for allegedly using physical force to make a student stand for the pledge, and a driver’s education teacher in Chicago had been fired in April for refusing to teach a student who did not want to stand for the pledge.