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Louisiana bill requiring students to recite part of Declaration of Independence clears House panel

BY WILL SENTELL| WSENTELL@THEADVOCATE.COM

This undated image released by Britain's National Archives on July 2, 2009, shows a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, which was discovered at the National Archives in Kew, England. (AP Photo/National Archives)
This undated image released by Britain's National Archives on July 2, 2009, shows a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, which was discovered at the National Archives in Kew, England. (AP Photo/National Archives)

Should Louisiana public school students be required to recite a passage from the Declaration of Independence daily?

The state House Education Committee said yes Wednesday.

The panel voted 6-2 for a bill that would require students in grades four, five and six to recite a portion of the historic document in the first class of the day.

“I think it is important that children memorize it and understand it.” said Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs and sponsor of the proposal.

The legislation, House Bill 1035, next faces action in the full House, and an uncertain future.

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