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Iowa House bill requires Pledge of Allegiance in schools

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Mar 1, 2021

Lawmakers in the Iowa House passed a bill that would require schools to administer the Pledge of Allegiance and show the U.S flag every day.

House File 415 requires accredited and non-accredited K-12 schools to show the flag and administer the pledge to students in the first through 12th grades each day. Schools would also be required to fly the U.S and Iowa flags on all school days, weather permitting.

Students would not be forced to recite the pledge. The U.S. Supreme Court found in 1943 that forcing students to recite the pledge is a violation of the First Amendment. School districts could develop their own rules of decorum as to whether taking a knee or some other specific action during the pledge would or would not be allowed in its classrooms.

The bill passed by a 91-3 vote and heads to the Iowa Senate for approval.