Alabama bill would require students to take citizenship exam | –

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Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur and Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, speak at a news conference at the Alabama State House on Jan. 30, 2017.

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Two Alabama lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would require Alabama students to take the citizenship examination before graduation from high school.

Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Terri Collins, both Republicans from Decatur, said the future of a successful government depends on informed citizens.

Orr said surveys have shown an “astounding” deficit of knowledge among adults about how the government works.

According to a news release from the Alabama Civics Education Initiative, which is supporting the legislation, Newsweek asked 1,000 citizens to take the…

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