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TEACHERS UPSET OVER ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RECITING PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

From: TheBlaze.com

Teachers in a California school district are upset over the district’s longstanding practice of having elementary students recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in both English and Spanish, KGET-TV in Bakersfield reported.

Reciting the Pledge in both languages has been the practice for elementary schools at Lamont School District since 2002, according to the station. The city is 97 percent Hispanic, and 35 percent of elementary students are taught in a bilingual program where instruction is half in English, half in Spanish.

“I think you offer a great way for students to feel included, and it’s the Pledge of Allegiance, no greater honor than to be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance in a second language,” Fred Molina, the principal of Alicante School, told the station.

But not all teachers agree: Barry Champagne told the station there has been no opportunity to meaningfully discuss the way the district has students recite the Pledge.

“One of the issues with it being in Spanish is that not everyone got a chance to voice their opinion doing it that way. Every time it was brought up for discussion, it was set aside and we never got a chance to democratically vote for it or even discuss it any further,” Champagne said.

Lamont Assistant Superintendent Ricardo Robles told the station this was the first he’s heard of complaints about the matter.

Read more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/teachers-upset-over-elementary-students-reciting-pledge-of-allegiance-in-english-and-spanish/

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