BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana House of Representatives will take a up a bill that would require some elementary and middle school students to recite a passage from the Declaration of Independence.
If the bill passes the recitation would become part of the daily routine, in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every morning as school starts.
If the bill passes it would mean at the beginning of the first class of the day, every 4th, 5th and 6th grade public school student in the state would be required to recite lines from the Declaration of Independence.
All local public school boards in the state would be required to enforce the law.
Representative Valerie Hodges of Denham Springs authored the bill.
Parents who talked with Fox 8 News Monday morning liked the proposal and say learning about our country's history at a young age is important.
"Honestly I didn't know any of it until I was older, and I think it would be a good thing" said Stephanie Maurice, a parent of a student at T.H. Harris Middle School in Metairie.
Another parent, Diane Daigle, said: "Even if they learn a small passage they should know the whole thing, what the whole thing means."
The proposal hits the House floor for consideration today at 2 pm