Monday, February 15, 2010

Utah Proposal: Cut the State Deficit By Cutting 12th Grade

Senator Chris Buttars, a Utah legislator, has offered a controversial plan for trimming the state's budget deficit. Buttars wants to make 12th grade optional in the state. Originally, Buttars wanted to get rid of the senior year altogether, but produced a "compromise" plan after receiving a torrent of criticism from parents, teachers, and students.

Source: Los Angeles Times.


civic literacy said...

of course, they could raise taxes in order to provide a decent education, but then, we are talking republicans, aren't we?

LETICIA said...

Typical politicians. They talk about how important education is to them, but when money's tight, it's one of the first things to suffer.

Aspasia said...

Concern about children's well-being is only a concern when it comes to policing adult behavior (ie. sexual activities that have nothing to do with children, abortion, etc.). Otherwise, they don't care about the li'l chillrens (yes, I purposely misspelled it).

So they'll propose to eliminate 12th grade but then make it more difficult for someone without a HS Diploma, let alone a college degree, to have a decent job, while at the same time putting limits on food stamp programs and other government assistance they'll need due to a lack of education. Yes, there's a problem here but unsurprising. I guess Senator Buttars will be handing out bootstraps during the last semester of 11th grade, huh?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Aspasia: Excellent analysis. If people really cared about children -- you are right -- they would pump money and other resources into education, even in a time of crisis. The "chillrens" deserve better than this.

Leticia: You are right! One thing the stimulus did was pump money into public schools. Why the Republicans opposed this is simply unfathomable -- except that their "concern" about children is merely rhetoric.

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