Friday, January 16, 2015

Good For Arizona

From the LVRJ: Arizona’s high school students will be required to pass the same civics test that immigrants must pass to gain citizenship, under a first-in-the-nation bill signed into law on Thursday.
Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who had championed the idea in his state-of-the-state address on Monday, signed the measure only hours after it sailed through the state House and Senate on Thursday.
“Not long from now, our children will be entrusted with protecting the principles on which this country was founded, and it is up to us to prepare them for that responsibility today,” Ducey said in a statement.
Ducey, sworn into office on Jan. 5, hailed the bi-partisan passage of the bill and said it would “help ensure all Arizona students understand basic American civics.”
The fast-tracked bill, the first to hit Ducey’s desk since the state Legislature convened on Monday, requires that students correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the test beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
Students would be allowed to take the test as many times as necessary in order to pass, according to the new law.
For those new to the blog, I do not like proficiency exams- they are a waste of time and money and accomplish very little.
But if you are going to have a proficiency exam, a civic exam should be at the tip of the list.
However, many liberals, along with the Fed's and Eric Holder, will say the test is racist and they will sue to have test thrown out.
So, congratulations to Arizona for being the first in the U.S. in requiring this exam.

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