Burgum calls for public schools, governing bodies to recite Pledge

Gov. Doug Burgum
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Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 4:44 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum released a statement Monday regarding the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and at meetings of elected governing bodies in North Dakota.

On Tuesday, August 9, the Fargo School Board voted 7-2 to not recite the pledge before their meetings.

The debate had been ongoing since February 2022. The original motion, brought forward by board member David Paulson, died for a lack of a motion for a second. The matter worked its way back to a March board meeting, where it passed. The Pledge has been recited at the start of each board meeting since April 12.

The decision received national attention and even resulted in a demonstration at a Big & Rich concert, in Fargo, in which the band led fans in the Pledge of Allegiance, stating that it was in spite of the school board’s decision.

State Senator Scott Meyer of Grand Forks and State Representatives Pat Heinert of Bismarck and Todd Porter of Mandan agreed to collaborate with the Governor’s Office to craft the legislation.

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