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Lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require students to read Thanksgiving proclamations

AND TOMMOROW TOO. NEW THIS MORNING, A NEW BILL PROPOSAL REQUIRES OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS TO TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT THE AND IMPORTANCE OF THANKSGIVING DAY. SENATE LEGISLATION FILED BY THE STATE OF NATHAN DOM REQUIRES FIVE PROCLAMATIONS TO BE READ OR HEARD BY OKLAHOMA STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS, PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS, VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS, TRADER AND TECH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE SCHOOLS. DOM FIRST FILED THIS LEGISLATION IN 2021, BUT I

Lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require students to read Thanksgiving proclamations

Dahm introduced this bill last year, but he has not completed the legislative process. The bill is open for hearing when the Legislature meets on February 6.

An Oklahoma state senator introduced legislation that would require Oklahoma students to read or hear Thanksgiving proclamations made throughout US history. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, introduced Senate Bill 2 that would affect all public school districts, public charter schools, virtual charter schools, trade and technology schools, and higher education institutions in Oklahoma. “It is important that all students understand the importance of our nation’s history, including the role Thanksgiving plays in the formation of our country,” Dahm said in a press release. “These significant proclamations date back to our Founding Fathers, and students who read or hear them before Thanksgiving will give them a better understanding of what the holiday really means historically.” The measure includes five proclamations dating back to the 18th century . Proclamations include: The Continental Congress’ proclamation for a Thanksgiving in 1777 The President’s first prayer proclamation issued by George Washington in 1789 The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944 The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Ronald Reagan in Year 1985 The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Oklahoma City Mayor Sidney Clarke submitted the same bill to Dahm in 1889 last year, but it did not complete the legislative process. The bill is open for hearing when the Legislature meets on February 6.

An Oklahoma state senator introduced legislation that would require Oklahoma students to read or hear Thanksgiving proclamations made throughout US history.

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, introduced Senate Bill 2 that would affect all public school districts, public charter schools, virtual charter schools, trade and technology schools, and higher education institutions in Oklahoma.

“It is important that all students understand the importance of our nation’s history, including the role Thanksgiving plays in the formation of our country,” Dahm said in a press release. “These important proclamations date back to our Founding Fathers, and students who read or hear them before Thanksgiving will give them a better understanding of what the holiday really means historically.”

The measure includes five proclamations from the 18th century. The proclamations include:

  • The proclamation of the Continental Congress for a Thanksgiving in 1777
  • The first presidential prayer proclamation issued by George Washington in 1789
  • The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944
  • Ronald Reagan’s 1985 Thanksgiving Proclamation
  • The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Oklahoma City Mayor Sidney Clarke in 1889

Dahm tabled the same bill last year, but he didn’t complete the legislative process. The bill is open for hearing when the Legislature meets on February 6.

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