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College District Board Rejects Flag Proposal

November 06, 2001|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Community college district trustees rejected a plan that would have required a U.S. flag in each classroom on the two campuses they oversee.

There was a heated debate over whether to mandate American flags in West Valley-Mission Community College District classrooms, but in the end trustees voted 5 to 1 last week against the proposal.

"I went in there thinking I could vote for this. I like the flag," said Nancy Rucker, president of the Board of Trustees. "But all I was hearing were objections."

Some who attended the debate said that requiring an American flag in each classroom would dilute the meaning of Old Glory, while others claimed it would create a divisive atmosphere on the Santa Clara County campuses.

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