Sen. Chris Buttars isn’t talking about dropping 12th grade any more.
Now, he’s talking about making 12th grade optional for those students who finish their required credits early — and some lawmakers are listening to the idea with interest.
“I like thinking outside of the box like this,” said Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, who co-chairs the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee. “I think it really makes us examine what we’re doing.”
Now, instead of trying to eliminate 12th grade, Buttars, R-West Jordan, is proposing the state save up to $60 million by giving students the option of graduating from high school early. Students who finish their high school requirements early are already allowed to graduate early, but Buttars’ proposal would provide more incentives for students to do that and make that option clearer, he said.
Buttars said he’s working on a bill on the concept.
“There are some [students] that really have a great 12th grade, but you talk to 100 kids and their parents, and I believe the majority of them will say, ‘Well, my kid didn’t do much in the 12th grade,'” Buttars said. “Everybody wants to talk about change … But to tell you the truth, they’re scared to death of it.”
Several lawmakers praised Buttars on Monday for his creativity in trying to think of ways to ease the state’s budget troubles.
So, this guy has been trying to convince Utah to drop the 12th grade because it’s ineffective. Now he just wants to make it optional. It already is optional. Those that don’t complete it are called “dropouts”.
I can see us pushing this here, only under the guise of lowering the dropout rate. After all, if we can eliminate the stats of those that drop out their senior year by moving the goal posts inward, then we’ve made major progress and saved a lot of money, right?
If we’re going to cut out a grade, I’d suggest cutting out 8th grade, myself. Can’t remember anything good coming out of that year.
Given that this isn’t an active political discussion going on in Georgia (yet?), consider this a snarky President’s Day OPEN THREAD: