Senators have rejected a requirement that every public school classroom in Iowa display an American flag, voting instead to say schools may post the flag in all classrooms. The flag-in-every-classroom rule cleared the Iowa House, but critics say buying a flag would be just another expense for cash-strapped teachers. Republican Senator Steve King of Kiron said flags aren’t that expensive, and the requirement should have been passed. He says there’ll be plenty of people and organizations that will come forward and donate flags.King says kids need to be exposed to patriotism, and having the flag in the classroom would help. He says it’s extremely important for the unity and continuity of the nation. King says he’ll put his money where his mouth is and donate money for flags for the Odebolt-Arthur School.The flag rule had been attached to a bill that lets schools have a moment of silence every school day. The moment of silence bill cleared the Senate last night, and returns to the House, as it’s been altered from its original form.
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