An Atlanta charter school has decided not to start the school day with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Atlanta school eliminates morning Pledge of Allegiance recitation

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 made the announcement Tuesday in a news release by its elementary campus president Lara Zelski.

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Students will be given the opportunity to say the pledge at another point during the school day, and the decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” according to the release.

The release went on to say “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.”

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Students will continue to be asked to stand to participate in the school’s Wolf Pack Chant each morning, and “teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” the release said.

The statement said “This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”

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