The House Education Committee today passed a measure that would require all high school students to pass a civics test.
The test would echo the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
One of the first bills he introduced since taking his oath, Rep. Lucido said this is a bill that is very special to him and hopes that others can realize the importance of investing in our students.
“It is unfortunate that we are even at this point,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I was fortunate enough to receive a good civics education, but today I’ve realized the students know more about a dollar menu than they do about their own government.”
A 1976 statute already requires students to take a government course in order to graduate, but Lucido questions how much the students are actually learning.
“It seems the wheels have fallen off the system as it relates to the significance of a proper civics education,” Lucido said. “It is a right you have to be part of the political process and that is what our government is all about. Our students should be able to pass the same test required of the immigrants coming to this country and if they can’t, that’s on us. “
House Bill 4136 goes to the full house for a vote.