House Bill 1150, which requires the reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day in every public school classroom, officially went undefeated with Gov. Dennis Daugaard signing the bill into law recently.
HB 1150 had zero dissenting votes in its run through the committee and floor votes of the House and Senate.
ASBSD supports the bill. Member districts voted unanimously at the ASBSD Delegate Assembly last fall. to support a resolution that called for districts to have policies in place for all grade levels to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The message (school board members) wanted me to send to you: in our world there are certain things that are more important than local control and this (bill) is one of them,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified before the House State Affairs committee during legislative session.
Pogany also testified during the bill’s two committee hearings that schools in the state will continue to teach about the U.S. flag, patriotism for country, the sacrifice of our country’s veterans and the significance of saying the Pledge of Allegiance.