New bill would require students to take civics test

LINCOLN — Nebraska K-12 students would need to brush up on what they learn in civics class if a bill heard by the Legislature’s Education Committee Jan. 29 were to pass.

The bill, LB 399, introduced by Sen. Julie Slama of Peru, would require eighth grade and 11th grade students to complete a 100-question civics exam on American history, geography, government and economics. The exam would be the same civics test administered to new U.S. citizens upon naturalization. Students’ results would then be passed on to their parents or guardians.

Slama, who Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed in January, is 22. She said since she graduated from high school, she’s rarely thought about the science, math and English she was taught.



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