|4. Pa. House bill would require students to pass civics test to graduate | Monday Morning Coffee
Can you answer any of these questions?
1. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
2. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
3. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
4. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
5. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
All five of those questions are included in the citizenship test put together by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
And if one northeastern Pennsylvania lawmaker has her way, Keystone State high school students will have to answer those questions — or some variant designed by their local district — in order to graduate.
Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne, says the “alarming decline in civics knowledge among young Americans,” was the motivation for her new proposal, which requires students in grades 7-12 to take the test, and receive a score of at least 70 percent, to claim their cap and gown on graduation day.
Students would be allowed to take the test as many times as is necessary to attain a passing grade, Boback wrote in a March 24 memo seeking sponsors for her legislation.
Boback says her proposal would build on a 2017 state law that already requires schools to administer their own locally developed civics test. That statute, which was based on a bill that Boback also sponsored, doesn’t have a requirement for a passing grade, she wrote.