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Iowa House passes bill requiring Pledge of Allegiance in schools

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa House lawmakers have passed a bill that would require schools to administer the Pledge of Allegiance and show the U.S. flag every day.

House File 415 would require accredited and non-accredited K-12 schools to show the flag and administer the pledge to 1st-12th grade students every day. Schools would also be required to fly the U.S. and Iowa flags on all school days when weather permits.

Non-public schools could opt out if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

While schools would be required to administer the pledge, students would not be required to recite the pledge, if they so choose. That's because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that forcing students to recite the pledge is a violation of the First Amendment.

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

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