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Rep Lucido has high school civics test bill signed to law

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first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 28Dec Rep. Lucido has high school civics test bill signed to law LANSING – Civics is such an important subject to state Rep. Peter Lucido that one of the first bills he submitted required high school students to pass a test also given to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship.House Bill 4136 was today signed into law.“It’s very important that we all know about our country and the framework that makes up our government,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Having House Bill 4136 signed ensures that students will know the powers of our country’s legislative branch of government, what the difference is between an electoral college and popular vote, and other key government details, before they can graduate high school. This is information that matters, just like English and mathematics, and students should be aware of what their government involves.”HB 4136, now Public Act 391 of 2016, requires passing a civics test populated with questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) test. The local board of education will set the parameters of the test, including picking from 100 possible questions and allowing for re-taking the test.Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed PA 391 during a brief ceremony today at the Capitol. Also attending was Patrick Hortos, a friend of Rep. Lucido, as well as several high school students.“I want to thank Lt. Gov. Calley and Gov. Snyder for making this dream a reality because we need young adults to be engaged and understand our government,” said Rep. Lucido. “I would like to thank my middle school civics teacher, Mr. Joe Goode of St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores, for first informing me so long ago how important civics is. In addition, I want to thank my good friend, Pat Hortos, for encouraging me from the beginning to write this legislation.”Rep. Lucido also thanked Lucian Spataro of the Joe Foss Institute, an Arizona-based non-profit that promotes education for civics-related subjects, for joining him for House and Senate committee testimony. The legislation passed both chambers with bi-partisan support in December.“This is the greatest country in the world and I hope more Michigan kids will have a better understanding as to why that is true from this day forward,” said Rep. Lucido. “That helps make today worth the wait.”last_img read more

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