A Cure for Senioritis
It's the last year of high school and after three years we can't wait to be done. But if Senator Chris Buttars plans became reality we would already be done and graduated. Senator Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan suggested that in order to save money high school could be reduced down to three years. This proposal was in return to cut funding to busing outside rural areas that would save the state about $60 million, where as discontinuing 12th grade could save as much as $240 million. Although, the main concerns talked about were having enough credit hours and the amount of learning that can be achieved in three years, but another main concern is how would this effect students trying to get into highly selective colleges.
"Sure there's some challenges, but there's answers of most of them," he said, including online classes for students who can't finish high school by the end of 11th grade. -Senator Chris Buttars
He'd like to see an accelerated graduation system where most students would graduate after 11th grade and students who didn't have enough credits to do that might go on to a sort of remedial 12th grade.
I don't see an answer to how colleges are going to view students who haven't put four years into high school. If a college is going to decide between two highly qualified applicants chances are they are going to choose the one that actually went to their senior year of high school. Another problem that I see with this proposal is for the kids that don't finish in three years how motivated are they going to be to go to a remedial 12th grade when a lot of their class is already graduated. Senator Buttars proposal is under a lot of criticism because of the many people against it that value the importance of the senior year of education.
"This is a great training ground for the leaders in our community because this is the time when students get their maturity," said Rep. Marie Poulson, a Cottonwood Heights Democrat and former high school teacher. "Because of our budget concerns, should we lower our expectations and requirements of our kids and decide we will be satisfied with a substandard education?" - Rep. Marie Poulson
Although, resources are limited especially in this time of economic state, I think there should be more focus on improving education instead of cutting back.