New Mexico

LCPS to offer Pledge of Allegiance in English and Spanish during board meetings

LCPS school board meetings will now...

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Effective immediately, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education meetings will have the Pledge of Allegiance recited in both English and Spanish, a spokeswoman for the district confirmed.

The board's next regular meeting will be Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m.

Many district schools already recite the pledge in two languages, said Las Cruces Public Schools District Spokeswoman Jo Galván.

Around 67% of people in Doña Ana County identified as Hispanic in 2014, according to Pew Research. That's up from 56% in 1990.

In the state of New Mexico, 61% of the population speaks a language other than English at home, according to the data.

School officials say the move is to reflect the growing community in Las Cruces Public Schools that speaks both English and Spanish.