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HOUSE BILL NO. 309
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS - FLAG - Amends existing law to provide that the United
States flag shall be displayed in every public school classroom; to provide
that every public school shall offer the Pledge of Allegiance or the
national anthem at the beginning of each school day; and to provide that no
pupil who objects shall be compelled to participate in reciting the Pledge
of Allegiance or singing the national anthem.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 309
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO COURSES OF INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS; AMENDING SECTION
3 33-1602, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNITED STATES FLAG SHALL BE DIS-
4 PLAYED IN EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM, TO PROVIDE THAT EVERY PUBLIC
5 SCHOOL SHALL OFFER THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE
6 BEGINNING OF EACH SCHOOL DAY, TO PROVIDE THAT NO PUPIL WHO OBJECTS SHALL
7 BE COMPELLED TO PARTICIPATE IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OR SINGING THE ANTHEM
8 AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. That Section 33-1602, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
11 amended to read as follows:
12 33-1602. UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION -- NATIONAL FLAG AND COLORS --
13 NATIONAL ANTHEM -- "AMERICA." a. (1) Instruction in
14 the Constitution of the United States shall be given in all elementary and
15 secondary schools. The state board of education shall adopt such materials as
16 may be deemed necessary for said purpose, and shall also determine the grades
17 in which such instruction shall be given;
18 b. (2) Instruction in the proper use, display
19 and history of and respect for the American flag and the national colors shall
20 be given in all elementary and secondary schools. Such instruction shall
21 include the pledge of allegiance to the flag, the words and music of the
22 national anthem, and of "America."
23 (3) Every school board of trustees shall cause the United States
24 flag to be displayed in every classroom during the school hours of each school
26 (4) Every public school shall offer the pledge of allegiance or the
27 national anthem in grades one (1) through twelve (12) at the beginning of each
28 school day.
29 (5) No pupil shall be compelled, against the pupil's objections or those
30 of the pupil's parent or guardian, to recite the pledge of allegiance or to
31 sing the national anthem.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to amend Idaho Code 33-1602 to provide for
display of the U.S. Flag; offering of the Pledge of Allegiance; and singing of
the National Anthem, in all public classrooms in the State of Idaho at the
beginning of each school day.
Many school districts in Idaho do not display the U.S. Flag in classrooms due
to a lack of funding for the purchase of flags. This legislation is supported
by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) who will provide
flags to those schools and classrooms that do not have sufficient funds for
their purchase through donations and direct solicitation in the community.
CONTACT: T.C. Brock Jr.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE Bill No. H 309