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Sioux Falls School Board to reconsider Pledge of Allegiance policy

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls School Board says it will consider revising its policy and requiring high school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every school day, following two weeks of controversy over the issue.

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The board surveyed 10,000 parents and guardians earlier this week for their opinions on the pledge policy. It requires the oath to be recited daily in elementary and middle schools, but not daily in high schools. The pledge is recited only during group activities or assemblies at the high school level.

Out of 3,500 responses in the survey, 70 percent favored a daily recital of the pledge, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.

Some veterans were upset that the pledge wasn't being recited every day and national media coverage brought a flurry of complaints — and some death threats — toward school board members in recent weeks.

Board member Kate Parker said she received as many as 200 emails and a number of phone calls. Board member Kent Alberty said he received about 50 phone calls, most from outside South Dakota.

The barrage convinced school officials remove phone numbers for board members from the school district's website.

School Board President Doug Morrison said Friday the board will consider the revision during its regular meeting Monday.

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