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Bill could require high school students to pass citizenship test

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High school students are required to pass a U.S. Citizenship Test before they graduate in 13 states.

That law is currently being considered in Michigan.

“If we are a government by the people and for the people, the people should understand the government,” said State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Macomb County.

Lucido is the bill’s sponsor. He told TV5’s I-Team the measure is a no brainer.

“Why should we be held to a lower standard than those individuals who immigrated? They go ahead and pass an examination that our own students don’t have to take,” Lucido said.

Opponents said this will mean students are just memorizing more facts, but supporters said it’s about making sure they have a basic knowledge of civics.

“Give them the basic principles so that they understand the government because I like a government that is a good representation of educated people,” Lucido said.

The state requires high school students to take a government course. So Lucido said the teachers should already have a civics curriculum in place to prepare students for the test.

“What’s the hurt? There’s no additional cost to the states. The tests are already [there], the teachers don’t need any extra training and students get the benefit – a better understanding for their government,” Lucido said.

Lucido’s bill is in a house committee.

Meanwhile, 11 other states are considering similar measures.

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