Schools need help buying U.S. flags for classrooms

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 11:22 p.m.
Not big enough. Not made in the United States.
Those are the two chief roadblocks that public schools face in meeting the demand of a new state law passed last year requiring U.S. flags in all public classrooms.
The law calls for an American-made flag at least 2 feet by 3 feet to be on display in every classroom by Aug. 1.
"Every classroom has a flag in it, but not that size," said Charley Wise, an Alachua County school district administrator.
So the district's task was to raise the $14,000 it will cost to put a new polyester American-made flags in each of the district's 2,000 classrooms, Wise said.
Alachua County public schools already are receiving community help and are looking for more.
The Alachua County Veterans Memorial Committee has been helping the cause to raise funds and has placed donation boxes at public schools.
Wise said the hope is that community efforts will produce at least half of the money required.
The district may be forced to pay for the balance of the cost through its general budget, he said.
District leadership wants to have the flags ahead of the Aug. 1 deadline, he said.
The district plans to place the order for the new flags by March and have them delivered to schools by July, Wise said.
"Every K-20 institution in the state is going to be putting in an order," Wise said, referring to how the law also asks that Old Glory be shown in community college and university classrooms.
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