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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BACK IN WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS

Three days after learning that the Pledge of Allegiance was not being recited in its high school, the White Plains School Board has ordered its reinstatement.

"The pledge will be said in all White Plains schools tomorrow, the next day and the next day and for the rest of the school year," board President Lewis Trippett said Wednesday.

He sent a letter to principals reminding them that state law and board policy require the salute.

The Journal News had reported that high schools in White Plains, Pelham and Scarsdale no longer do a schoolwide pledge. White Plains dropped the practice, along with morning announcements, this school year to save time.

In Pelham, where the Pledge of Allegiance hasn't been recited consistently for over a decade, Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson said the newspaper report had led to complaints from the American Legion. He said he would work to revive the tradition. In Scarsdale, where the pledge is left to teachers' discretion, board President Robert Macy Jr. said he was unaware of any controversy.

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