San Francisco Begins Pledge of Allegiance Purge?
In its place, Steven Cook recited a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
Cook told The Chronicle he chose not to enforce the pledge because of his disappointment with the political climate. He said the Trump administration “has been attacking our liberties.”
The Pledge of Allegiance, while required by state education code, is rarely enforced by schools, district officials said. District spokesman Gentle Blythe said it is not required for school boards.
“If you ask 10 Americans who wrote it, or when it was implemented, or why it is how we start our meetings, a lot of us would be hard-pressed (to answer),” Cook said.
Although Cook told no one of his intentions, fellow board members appeared receptive.