A school board in New Mexico plans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the Spanish language at public meetings beginning next week, True Pundit reports.
Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Greg Ewing said that the law allows students to choose to have some of their lessons in Spanish and argued that it will be a wonderful experience for students to recite the pledge in Spanish during board meetings.
The pledge has traditionally been recited in English to kick off the LCPS board meetings. With the new move, the school hopes to promote inclusivity and to celebrate New Mexico’s Spanish-speaking heritage.
“We want to be as inclusive as we can and as welcoming as we can of all individuals,” Ewing said.
“We are a bilingual state,” according to one school board. “We are supposed to be providing education, especially our second-language learners if their primary language is Spanish.”
In 2016, about half of New Mexico’s population in 2016 was Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.