- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - The superintendent says Hastings school staffers won’t have to sign a loyalty pledge.

The ACLU of Nebraska last week sent a letter to the district, warning it not to require staffers to sign the pledge mandated in a 1951 law, even though the law is still on the books. Several teachers contacted the ACLU with concerns.

The ACLU says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employees cannot be required to sign a pledge or oath.

The Hastings Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1E0RsjQ ) that Superintendent Craig Kautz told the school board Monday that the district “has not, does not, will not require the school district’s employees to sign such pledge; nor does it intend to discipline, terminate or retaliate against any employee for failing or refusing to sign the pledge.”


Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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