An Atlanta charter school will no longer require students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, because the pledge is no longer seen as inclusive enough.
Students at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School may recite the pledge later in the day, but it was cut from morning announcements "in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” a news release obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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 release continued.
In place of the pledge, teachers and students will work together to write something new.
“This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family [sic], community, country and our global society,” the release said.