Bill requires American flag in all Oregon classrooms

Bill requires American flag in all Oregon classrooms
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is requiring all schools to display an American flag in their classrooms.

In a 51-6 vote on Thursday, the House approved the, bill sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber. A spokeswoman says he's expected to sign it.

Public schools are already required to fly the flag, but it was unclear if the rule applies to charter schools.

The original bill would have required schools to lead students in a daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Lawmakers backed off that proposal after civil-rights advocates said it would impose on students' free-speech rights.

Supporters say it encourages patriotism.

Existing state law requires schools to give students the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.