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Arizona seeks to take lead in civics education


By Ethen Lieser | Feb 11, 2020

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The state of Arizona is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the next generation of students receives a top-notch civics education.

About five years ago in 2015, Arizona became the first state in the United States to pass the American Civics Act, which makes it mandatory for high school students to pass the citizenship test before graduation. Thirty-four other states have since followed in the footsteps of Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has recommended building on this development by allowing students to take the citizenship test before high school. Sen. Sylvia Allen has introduced a certain bill that would allow seventh and eighth grade students to take the test, but the passing score would be raised from 60 to 70 percent.

Ducey has also called for legislation that would bring into existence Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day. This particular day would allow classroom instruction to focus entirely on civics.

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