No civics tests for Idaho students

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 18:54:36-04

An Idaho Senate panel has killed a proposal suggesting high school students should have to pass a civics test that included at least 25 questions on the history of Idaho.

Members on the Senate Education Committee said Tuesday they liked the overall concept of the bill, but couldn't sign off on the current legislation being presented.

Republican Rep. Bryan Zollinger, the bill's sponsor, countered that the test would encourage students to learn more about their state government.

In 2015, lawmakers passed a bill requiring students to correctly answer 60 out of a 100 questions from the same citizenship test the federal government requires immigrants to pass. This is the second year lawmakers have failed to add an Idaho element to the civics test.

(by Associated Press)