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NC graduation could require Founding Fathers tests


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republican legislators believe the survival of the American republic requires graduating North Carolina students to understand the principles which helped form the country.

The House Education Committee approved a bill that would require public high schools to teach and students to pass a semester-long course on the concepts behind the founding of the United States. Testing would start in the fall of 2014.

Teenagers will be tested on what they learned about the due process of law, individual rights and responsibilities, and inalienable rights.

The same committee approved legislation requiring public school principals to ask parents for immunization proof and a birth certificate or other proof of an enrolling student's age. Lawmakers dropped ordering principals to learn the child's immigration status.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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