Published on page Saturday, January 24, 2015, Page A4

Author - Staff Writer

(Same article published in The Macomb Daily)

Just weeks after taking the oath of office for his first term in Lansing a local official is already making news.

An education reform bill has been unveiled by state Rep. Peter J. Lucido (R-Shelby Township). Staffers in Lucido’s Lansing office said Friday they anticipate the bill will actually be introduced next week.

High-school students would have to pass a civics test similar to an immigration citizenship exam in order to graduate under the bill.

“We require immigrants to have a basic understanding and appreciation for American civics,” said Lucido, who defeated Stan Grot in a hotly-contested August Republican primary then breezed to victory in November’s general election in the heavily-Republican north Macomb district. “Why should the threshold be any different for citizens who are lucky enough to be born in the United States?”

The legislation would require the Michigan Board of Education to include the requirement for students to pass a civics test in the high-school competency requirements for graduation beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Students would be required to get at least 60 percent of the questions correct on the test in order to graduate, the same requirement for individuals taking a citizenship test.

Michigan high school students are already required to pass government and economics classes, according to Judy Pritchett, chief academic officer of the Macomb Intermediate School District.

So why add a civics test? Lucido stated in a release that it would encourage civic participation.

“Having more informed and actively participating citizens will help make Michigan a better place to live and raise a family,” Lucido said. “We require people from other countries who want to become citizens here to pass this kind of test. Why shouldn’t we expect U.S.-born citizens to do the same?”

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