Posted by | February 16, 2010 10:47 | Filed under: Top Stories

Many conservatives hate public education to begin with but a plan by Utah State Senator Chris Buttars to eliminate the 12th grade entirely probably won’t fly. Buttars dowgraded the idea to suggest that the 12th grade be made optional. (h/t Think Progress)

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.

Buttars has since toned down the idea, suggesting instead that senior year become optional for students who complete their required credits early. He estimated the move could save up to $60 million, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Last week, his proposal met with approval from some who praised his efforts to cut costs, if not the plan itself.

“In a really hard economic time, we have to think of new options,” said Aleta Taylor, a South Jordan mother of seven, adding that she needed more specifics before supporting the plan.

Buttars, who also wants to eliminate busing, made his last Liberaland appearance when he remarked that he didn’t mind gays, “but I don’t want them stuffing it down my throat all the time.

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