This Atlanta school made a change to the Pledge of Allegiance; Here's why

This Atlanta school made a change to the Pledge of Allegiance; Here's why

A local charter school has announced that students will no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.

ATLANTA — A local charter school is rolling back on its changes to when and how students will say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Leaders at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street said students would no longer say the pledge in the morning meeting where students gather in a large group. But on Thursday, the school sent a press release saying it was a miscommunication.

The statement said:

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Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School has and will continue to provide students with an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each school day. 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 [O.C.G.A. 20-2-310 (c)(1)] 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 was 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.

In the original letter to parents, the school said, "Over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand or recite the pledge.”

In the Thursday release, the school added, "We are working together with the school administration to ensure we address concerns and feedback from our school family, while continuing to uphold and support the rights of every member of our school community."