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Nebraska Legislature considering making students take same civics test as new citizens

Posted at 11:54 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 13:04:56-05

LINCOLN, Neb — The push for a Nebraska civics test is on, and there is push back against it.

On Tuesday, lawmakers will take testimony on a bill requiring Nebraska school districts to give a civics test to students by 8th grade and again no later by 11th grade.

Questions from this 100-item civics exam are given to immigrants seeking citizenship in the United States.

The Nebraska State Education Association, the union representing the state's public school teachers, opposes the bill.

NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell said the opposition comes from the feeling that lawmakers are jumping into curriculum areas that should be handled by the Nebraska Department of Education.