AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charter schools would be required to display state and U.S. flags under a proposal advancing in the Texas Legislature.
The Senate approved the measure in a unanimous vote Thursday.
Current law already provides for public school students to pledge allegiance to the flags and to observe a moment of silence for prayer or meditation. Republican Rep. Marsha Farney of Georgetown proposed adding the same pledge requirement for charter schools in a bill that has already cleared the House.
Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick added the requirement to display flags. His amendment means the bill will have to go back to the House for approval.
The Texas Charter Schools Association estimates 154,000 students attend more than 500 such schools. Lawmakers are debating expanding the number of charter schools under separate legislation.