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Wednesday, January 09, 2019 3:22 pm

Kruse proposes citizenship test for Indiana students

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana students would have to pass a 100-question citizenship test to graduate under a bill heard by a Senate panel Wednesday. 

"There is a deficiency in government and civics knowledge and it's getting worse," Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said. 

That's why he brought Senate Bill 132 to require students pass the same test that those becoming new citizens have to, starting in the 2020-2021 school year. 

He offered the bill in 2015 but it was defeated by the full Senate. The House considered the proposal the same year but didn't take a vote in committee. 

According to the Education Commission of the States, eight states require students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school. Several others require students take a civics test but don't tie passage to graduation. 

nkelly@jg.net