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Opening Arguments

So long, seniors

Worst response to a state budget crisis so far:

Reporting from Denver - At Utah's West Jordan High School, the halls have swirled lately with debate over the merits of 12th grade:

Is it a waste of time? Are students ready for the real world at 17?

For student body president J.D. Williams, 18, the answer to both questions is a resounding no. "I need this year," he said, adding that most of his classmates felt the same way.

The sudden buzz over the relative value of senior year stems from a recent proposal by state Sen. Chris Buttars that Utah make a dent in its budget gap by eliminating the 12th grade.

The notion quickly gained some traction among supporters who agreed with the Republican's assessment that many seniors frittered away their final year of high school, but faced vehement opposition from other quarters, including in his hometown of West Jordan.

Many of the idea's supporters say the plan is a good one because so many seniors just goof off and waste that year anyway. So, they wouldn't goof off and waste the 11th grade if that one were their last?


Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:36pm

Utah might as well abolish senior year, at least for the boys. All their 18-year-olds are knocking on my door helpfully explaining that my religious views are wrong.