In 2008, eight states had no laws requiring students recite the Pledge of Allegiance at school. That number has recently dwindled to five, with Nebraska being the latest state to adopt a statewide mandate.
In a unanimous 8-0 vote, the Nebraska State Board of Education voted for schools to have time set aside for students to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States. Mark Quandahl, a member of the Nebraska State Board of Education and representative of District 2, said the decision was based on the fact that requirements such as these are nothing new; most states have them. “The inclusion of the requirement of the Pledge of Allegiance in the rules for the state of Nebraska is the right thing to do,” Quandahl said to TakePart.
Click through the gallery to find out the five states where kids don't have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.
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