LANSING – State Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation that will require high school students to pass a civics test is heading to the governor’s desk after it was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.
“Knowing who our vice president is or how a bill becomes a law are crucial items to know for everyone in this country, yet we require immigrants to know this and not our students?” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Young adults need to have a basic understanding of our government and how it operates. This bill will require passing a civics test before graduating, while giving districts the option to pick questions within the test available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).”
House Bill 4136 stipulates passing the test as a condition of the student earning credit in high school civics with the results of the test to not affect the student’s grade point average. The legislation will:
- Specify that a pupil, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, cannot be awarded credit for completing a high school civics course unless the individual passes a test that includes test questions given to anyone seeking U.S. citizenship by the USCIS.
- Allow for a local board of education to determine the manner in which to administer a civics test.
- Require a local school board to permit a pupil to retake a civics test on multiple occasions until earning a passing score.
“This is the greatest country in the world and we have to make sure our kids understand what goes into it, from the three branches of government to the Bill of Rights,” said Rep. Lucido. “It’s much more important for students to have a clear understanding of our government than the latest gossip on Kanye West.”