A public charter elementary school in Georgia has decided to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day, WHDH-TV reported Thursday.
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School announced the change Tuesday in a news release, citing efforts to “begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”
“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,” elementary campus President Lara Zelski said in the news release.
Students will continue to be asked to stand to participate in the school’s Wolf Pack Chant each morning, however, and the kindergarten through fifth grade leadership team has been tasked with creating a school pledge to “focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”
Because teaching children loyalty to school over country is exactly what taxpayer dollars are for, right?