Florida Middle School Students Must Pass Civics Exam To Move On

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida governor has signed a bill
requiring middle school students to take a civics class and pass an
end-of-course test.

Gov. Charlie Crist signs the bill (HB 105) on Tuesday.

Students will have to pass the final exam to go on to high
school.

Lawmakers said the requirement is needed because many citizens
don't know the difference between a state legislator and member of
Congress or even who is president.

The bill is called the Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Civics
Education Act after the retired U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and ex-U.S. Rep. Lou Frey
joined forces four years ago to push for such a requirement.


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