Almost every high school graduate has fallen ill at one point or another to the dreaded, “senioritis.” Good news! There may be a cure–at least in Utah.
Instead of having students waste their last year in school, Utah Republican Senator Chris Buttars recently proposed to replace the ever-popular senior cut day, with senior cut year.
After all, the state of Utah could save more than $60 million each year on students who, according to Buttars, “aren’t getting anything out of that grade.” He also looks to other education systems in different nations, pointing out that “Almost all the industrial world uses only 11 grades. Why do we use 12? The kids either got one foot in AP classes in college, or they’re just running around taking P.E.”
Buttars originally suggested a mandatory elimination of the 12th grade, but has since revised his proposal to make it optional. Early graduation has always been an option, but Chairwoman of the Utah Board of Education, Debra Roberts, believes that students shouldn’t be “pushed” to leave.
A similar initiative for 2011, set to take place in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, would allow 10th graders to test out of high school and go straight to community college.
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By Erika Oglesby
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