STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Indiana Senate backs civics test for high school graduation

Indiana high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate if a state Senate proposal becomes law.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2019 11:36 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate if a state Senate proposal becomes law.

Senators voted 31-17 on Thursday in favor of requiring students to pass the same test covering American history and government that immigrants take to become U.S. citizens. The requirement would start with the 2020-21 school year.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse of Auburn says many people don't have the understanding of how government works that's essential for being a good citizen.

But Republican Sen. Jeff Zay of Huntington questioned why the state would add another required test on students.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says he doesn't know whether the chamber will take up the proposal.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 59°
Robinson
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 54°
Indianapolis
Few Clouds
58° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 58°
Rockville
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 59°
Casey
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 62°
Brazil
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 59°
Marshall
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 59°
Mostly sunny and warm to begin the work week.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

News 10 Sunday Morning Weather

Image

Saturday Night Weather Update

Image

Craft Beer Festival

Image

Gym offers special workout for Easter

Image

Man killed by passing car

Image

Windy and cold

Image

Good Friday Jonah Fish Fry

Image

Junior Beta Club Auction

Image

Next Step Passover

Image

Attempted Parke County jail escape

WTHI Events