How can Utah save 12th grade?
Utah Senator Chris Buttars (R, District 10) is suggesting that, in light of the current recession and budget crisis, the State of Utah offer public school students an option of an “accelerated graduation” which would allow students to finish high school earlier and provide certain incentive to those students.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, he stated: “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.”
Apparently, there is public support for Buttar’s bill as, (also according to the Salt Lake Tribune) “We got killed last year with a 20 percent tax increase,” said Janalee Tobias, a parent who lives in the Jordan District. “I don’t think anyone in here can afford another tax increase and if this can stop a tax increase, I would urge you to consider that.”
It should be noted that Senator Buttars (and the majority of the other lawmakers on the hill) are overlooking an obvious source of income through medical marijuana. The grassroots organization Legalize Utah has requested Senator Buttars’ personal opinion regarding medical marijuana five times and has yet to receive a response in the their quest to obtain an opinion from every Utah lawmaker.
If urgent times call for urgent measures – perhaps it is time to urgently march forward in the movement to legalized medical marijuana – for ALL reasons
Recent reports from CNN estimated that the state of Utah could garner well over $4.7 MILLION in tax revenue if medical marijuana were legalized. That is money which could be used to pay cops, teachers and even keep kids in school through the 12th grade.
Buttars is now proposing that students who graduate from high school early be allowed to pay the same amount of money to take college classes during their first year of college as they would have paid to take concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement and distance learning classes in high school.
Senator Lyle Hillyard, (Republican District 25, Counties: Cache, Rich), said it can be more expensive to teach kids college courses in college than in high school, and sending all those students to college early would have a “serious impact” on higher education.
State Superintendent Larry Shumway, however, said, “If students are prepared to graduate at the end of their junior year or whenever they’re prepared to graduate, I don’t have an objection to [early graduation].”
He said Buttars’ idea raises important questions about the effectiveness of 12th grade, which is why he’s decided to create a task force to examine the issue over coming months.
Lyle W. Hillyard
(R) – District 25
Counties: Cache, Rich
Legalize Utah will continue to try to educate Utah politicians about the benefits of medical marijuana, especially the obvious advantages to both patients and the states’ pocket book as it is their goal to “Educate then legislate”.
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