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Sen. Chris Buttars is saying we should fast-track schools to get kids out by the end of 11th grade.

This is not only a bad idea, it will not save us as much money as he claims. First, many kids take seminary during school hours. If we fast-track students then seminary goes away during school hours. That means we now have all those kids needing to be in a school classroom. That will cost money to get more classrooms. Also, kids are not mature enough at 16 and 17 to be heading off to college. Most 18-year-olds aren't mature enough. And since most universities require four years of English and social studies and want four years of math, Utah's kids will not be accepted to any accredited university anywhere in our country.

Derek Smith