Tenn. lawmaker wants students to pass citizenship test before graduating

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Tennessee state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require high school students to pass a civics test before they can graduate.

It’s the same examination immigrants must pass before they can become a United States citizen.

Gerald McCormick, (R) Chattanooga
Gerald McCormick, (R) Chattanooga

It was introduced by House Majority leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, on December 29.

House Bill 10 would require students to answer at least 60 of the 100 questions on the exam correctly to receive their diplomas.

Public high schools would administer it and give each student the opportunity to take the test as many times as necessary until they pass it.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services only allows immigrants two chances to pass the test.

If the bill is passed, it would go into effect January 1, 2016.

Tennessee lawmakers are set to discuss the bill when the Tennessee General Assembly meets on Jan. 13.

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