Gov. Stitt signed a bill into law that will require Oklahoma high school students to pass the United States citizenship test in order to graduate. House Bill 2030 requires high school students to pass the U.S. Civics Test, part of the naturalization process, in order to graduate beginning in the 2022-23 school year. This is the same test administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that is required of anyone wanting to become a U.S. citizen. More than a dozen other states have adopted similar legislation.
"This law will help ensure students graduating from our public schools will be able to answer basic citizenship questions, understand the rights guaranteed to us under the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments, and explain how our legislative process works,” State Rep. Terry O’Donnell, the bill’s author, said.
Critics of the bill say that passage of the law does not mean it will increase student's civic participation. Amy Curran, Oklahoma Executive Director of Generation Citizen believes students learn civics by doing civics and there should be more robust civics education.
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