Minnesota House approves civics legislationBy Civics-Ed about Legislation

Urdahl’s civics test provision passes House

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:19 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Wed Apr 27, 2016.

The Minnesota House on Monday approved legislation Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, authored to increase civics education in Minnesota.

Urdahl’s measure passed as part of an omnibus K-12/higher education package, according to a news release issued Tuesday. His legislation requires all students to take a civics exam before high school graduation and answer at least 30 of 50 questions correctly. The exam would be composed of questions selected yearly from the 100 questions the United States citizenship and immigration officers use to question applicants for naturalization.

“I spent decades teaching government in the classroom and there is what I view to be a crisis of civics knowledge in Minnesota,” Urdahl said. “The legislation I have authored is designed to increase awareness of who we are as a nation and how we got where we are today.”

A provision was added to indicate failure to pass this test cannot prevent a student from graduating.


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