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How many justices sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? And other questions



July1 We've heard the refrain for years. Too many Florida students know who's this year's American Idol champ, but they can't name the chief justice.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and U.S. Rep. Lou Frey started saying so in 2007. Gov. Charlie Crist joined in a year later. Retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor pressed Florida lawmakers to do something about it in mid-2009.

So far, nothing has happened, despite state Rep. Charles McBurney's annual bill to mandate some sort of civics course or exam. It's failed every year.

That could be about to change. McBurney's latest effort, HB 105, would require civics education in all grades and an end-of-course exam in middle school. And it's gaining traction with the Florida Senate.

"We're finally going to give Rep. McBurney his wish," Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee chairwoman Nancy Detert told the Gradebook. "Because he is right."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]


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