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Utah May Eliminate 12th Grade

Lawmaker proposes drastic cut to address $700M shortfall
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2010 1:22 AM CST
Updated Feb 15, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Utah May Eliminate 12th Grade
A Utah state senator is proposing saving $60 million by eliminating the last year of high school.   (AP Photo/WSIL-TV)

(Newser) – Utah is considering battling its $700 million budget gap, and wiping out senioritis in the bargain, by eliminating the entire last year of high school. GOP state Sen. Chris Buttars' proposal to eliminate 12th grade altogether could save the state up to $60 million. The plan is supported by those who argue students goof off their last year, and that it's not needed for college. But the proposal is facing stiff opposition from parents, teachers and students.

"My parents are against it," one Utah 12th grade class president told the Los Angeles Times. "All the teachers at the school are against it. I'm against it. If you're the type of kid who will slack off, you'd find a way to do that in sophomore or junior year."
(Read more Utah stories.)

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