The Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill sponsored by Sen. Dix McMullin, R-Sandy, that would allow high school students to graduate after the 11th grade, as long as they've completed the core requirements.

If the students choose not to graduate after the 11th grade, in the 12th grade they could take basic general education college courses in their high school and get credit for those courses at a state university.Sen. Karl Swan, D-Tooele, warned that allowing graduation after the 11th grade could well mean students won't take elective courses in high school; they wouldn't have time.

One elective course that could suffer is LDS seminary class, taught in grades 9-12 during school hours but in facilities separate from the public schools.