Missouri House OKs measure requiring students to pass immigrant civics test

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri House is supporting a measure to require high school students to pass a civics test given to immigrants before they graduate.

The House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill removing the existing requirement for an exam on the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.

The measure replaces it with a multiple choice test that would include questions from the civics test immigrants must take to become naturalized citizens.

Supporters say the change will encourage high school students to be more prepared to become active citizens.

Opponents say it weakens the requirements for learning about civics and the Missouri Constitution because it is a multiple choice test with all the questions available online and focuses only on the U.S. Constitution.

The measure faces another vote before moving to the Senate.