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Bill to boost civics lessons in Nebraska schools advances

Posted: 12:40 PM, Feb 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-26 18:40:12Z
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill intended to boost civics lessons in classrooms.

The measure won first-round approval in the Legislature Tuesday on a 42-3 vote.

The bill by state Sen. Julie Slama, or Peru, gives school districts three options to teach students. One is to administer the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services once before they complete eighth grade and again before they complete 12th grade.

Another option would require students to attend or participate in a government meeting and complete a project about what they learned.

The third option would require students to complete a project or paper and a class presentation on holidays such as Veterans Day, Constitution Day or Native American Heritage Day. Schools would only have to choose one option.