January 22, 2015 -

Rep. Lucido unveils education reform measure to require students to pass a civics test to graduate high school

High-school students would have to pass a civics test similar to an immigration citizenship exam in order to graduate under a new education reform bill unveiled today by state Rep. Peter J. Lucido.

“We require immigrants to have a basic understanding and appreciation for American civics,” said Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “Why should the threshold be any different for citizens who are lucky enough to be born in the United States?”

The legislation would require the State Board of Education to include the requirement for students to pass a civics test in the high-school competency requirements for graduation beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Students would be required to get at least 60 percent of the questions correct on the test in order to graduate, the same requirement for individuals taking a citizenship test.

“Having more informed and actively participating citizens will help make Michigan a better place to live and raise a family,” Lucido said. “We require people from other countries who want to become citizens here to pass this kind of test. Why shouldn’t we expect U.S.-born citizens to do the same?”

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