Fla. district to keep rule requiring students to stand during Pledge

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

OCALA, Fla. — Marion County students will be required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, a decision announced after district officials decided against altering guidelines listed in the student code of conduct.

Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancey says wording that requires students to stand during the pledge won’t be removed from the code. Dozens of veterans attended a school board meeting yesterday to protest the proposed change.

The board will vote on the student code — with the restored Pledge of Allegiance guidelines — in May.

Yancey said he would hold an additional meeting on April 20 to discuss the matter.

Last July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated part of a Florida law requiring public school students to stand during the pledge. While Marion County’s guidelines would require students to stand for the pledge, school officials would not be able to punish students who refused to stand, the Ocala Star-Banner reported yesterday in a story posted on its Web site.

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