Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey Signs Bill For Requirement of Moment of Silence at the Beginning of School Days

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Ash Espinosa

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Ariona’s governor, Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2707, requiring both public and charter schools, grades K-12, to hold a moment of silence. 

Previously, Arizona has only required schools to have students recite the pledge of allegiance, at a chosen. Now, Arizona’s students will be given a moment of silent thinking. The bill was sponsored by House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Rep. Alma Hernandez of Tucson and religious leaders throughout Arizona. 

The moment of silence will take place at the beginning of each school day lasting one to two minutes. Governor Ducey has stated that the bill, “ gives our kids the opportunity to take time to remember, reflect, meditate, pray, prepare for the day ahead or anything they—and their parents—choose.” He reasons that the bill will help children ‘refocus’ in class and emotionally.

Teachers, school employees and other students are prohibited from making any suggestions on what students should think during the moment of silence. 

The bill was stated to be inspired by influential figure, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who called for a moment of silence in schools. This action was a response to the attempt assassination of former 40th president, Ronald Regan, in 1980. The bill was signed on Mendel Schneerson’s birth date, where he would have turned 120 years. 

On the same day governor Ducey tweeted images about the signing, in which he shared with community members and religious leaders who advocated for the legislation to pass.