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Legislature to debate high school civics test today

(Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

(Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The Arizona Legislature is set to consider legislation creating a new high school civics test that is a priority for Gov. Doug Ducey.

The Senate and House education committees have set scheduled hearings for Thursday morning. The full House has set debate and votes for Thursday afternoon and the Senate is expected to do the same.

House Bill 2064 and Senate Bill 1029 are identical, so the bill can quickly head to Ducey.

The bills require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the test required to become a U.S. citizen. Passage would be required to earn a high school or GED diploma starting in the 2016-2017 school year.

Ducey says students aren’t learning the basic civics they need to be good citizens.

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