Thursday, January 21, 2010

Another Brilliant Move From Buttars

Because this sends a great message to businesses looking to relocate here -- Come to Utah, where our kids have one less year of school than yours do!

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah senator thinks the way Utah looks at its budget needs to be "rethought." Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, began outlining his plan to reform state spending from the ground up Thursday. Among his proposals is one to eliminate the 12th grade, a move he says would cut $250 million out of the budget every year.

"Almost all of the industrial world uses 11 grades," he said. "Why do we use 12? The kids either got their one foot in AP classes in college, or they're just running around, taking PE."

Buttars hosted what he called a government reform summit at the State Capitol. In attendance Thursday afternoon were several Republican senators and representatives, as well as some conservative leaders like Gayle Ruzicka of the Utah Eagle Forum.

Buttars believes his ideas "have legs."

Yep. That will fly.

And, I take offense. I didn't take one AP nor one PE class my Senior Year.


JM Bell said...

That's one hell of a bunch of statements from a man who couldn't possibly have finished more than the 3rd grade without a bribe.

David said...

I've been itching to say this somewhere ever since I heard this news on the radio.

I'm not really in favor of dropping 12th grade - I think it's a poorly considered idea - but I do think the idea should be seriously examined. I suspect that if we were to take a critical look at the possible educational side effects of dropping 12th grade we might uncover some of the problems in our education system and we might figure out some real ways to address those problems and improve our education.