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A bill making its way through Madison would require high school seniors to take a test – and pass – based on the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship exam.

Freshman legislator Rep. James “Jimmy Boy” Edming, R-Glen Flora, introduced the measure, and he has six co-sponsors, including state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, according to a story from the Associated Press printed in The Journal Times.

A student would have to get 60 of 100 questions correct to pass. Edming believes the test would give students a much better understanding of how the U.S. government actually works.

“(The bill) will help ensure knowledge of the United States and its government and foster greater civic participation within our students,” he wrote in his memo asking for sponsors.

The test would apply to students attending public, charter and voucher schools, the story continues. Students would be able to take the test until they passed.

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