Michigan lawmaker wants civics test for high school students

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – States across the country are considering requiring high school students to pass a citizenship test to graduate.

A few weeks ago, Arizona became the first state to pass a law requiring a civics test for students to graduate.

Representative Peter Lucido from Macomb County would like students in Michigan to take a similar civics test.

Rep. Lucido told 24 Hour News 8 that knowing the fundamentals of how laws are made and how they impact lives, he believes, would encourage more people to vote and participate in the political process.

“The wheels have fallen off the system as it relates to understanding how important your rights are as well as your civic duties. It’s a duty that you have to go vote for the people that you want to serve you,” Rep. Lucido said. “It’s a duty you have to go ahead and be a part of the political process. That’s what our government’s about. That’s why it means something to me and hopefully something to the families.”

Rep. Lucido’s plan would be to add a test to an existing requirement that students successfully complete a civics class.

Students would have to take a ten question test and six of those answers would have to be correct.

He says they should come from the same pool of questions that are used for citizenship test.

Here is a link to a civics quiz that would be something similar to the citizenship test students would have to take.

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