Parents are fighting back after a charter school in Atlanta replaced the Pledge of Allegiance with an oath to ‘global society.’
Lara Zelski, principal of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School recently announced that in an effort to be a more inclusive community, the students will also pledge an oath to their community and global society.
Zelski proposed creating a pledge based on “students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society,” reported ACJ.com.
Thankfully the parents fought back and the controversy grabbed the attention of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, resulting in a reversal of the anti-American policy.
By about 6:15 p.m., the school issued a statement saying its policies were aligned with those of the Georgia Department of Education but ” … 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.”
The state DOE policy demands that schools set a time for the pledge, each school day, at the beginning of the school day or during the homeroom period. But students may not be compelled to recite the pledge, it adds.
Lia Santos, Board Chair of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) Governing Board released a statement:
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.
At ANCS, our priority is to provide our students with a safe and dynamic learning environment where they cultivate a love for learning, develop self-knowledge, and are constantly challenged to excel. We support our students in their growth and see it as our duty as educators to respect their First Amendment rights.
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.
Schools are no longer a place where children are taught reading, writing and arithmetic.
Far left teachers through the unions are brainwashing school children to hate America.
This left-wing brainwashing continues all the way up to college campuses, which of course is by design.