An Atlanta charter school will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting agenda.
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street announced the change Tuesday in a statement from elementary campus principal Lara Zelski.
The decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” Zelski said. “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”
The proposal quickly backfired on the school when parents received word of the change, prompting politicians such as Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to denounce the school’s decision.
“I’m sure our House Education Committee will examine whether taxpayer funds should be used to instill such a divisive ideology in our students,” Ralston told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I agree with Speaker Ralston that we must determine if our hard-earned tax dollars are best used at a school that forces young Georgians to adopt anti-American ideology,” Kemp said in a statement. “This ill-advised, divisive decision reflects poorly on our state and our values.”
The school quickly scrubbed Zelski’s announcement from its website amid the outcry and replaced it with a statement from the charter school’s governing board chairwoman, Lia Santos: “In the past, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited during our all-school morning meeting, but at the start of the school year, the daily practice was moved to classrooms. This change was done in compliance with state law … and aligned Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School with most other schools in the state who also say the Pledge of Allegiance in individual classrooms. However, it appears there were some miscommunication and inconsistency in the rollout. Starting next week, we will return to our original format and provide our students with the opportunity to recite the Pledge during the all-school morning meeting.”
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