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Utah Governor to Sign No Child bill

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Jon Huntsman still plans to sign Utah's bill to use state education standards instead of the federal No Child Left Behind act, he's just waiting a little longer.

Huntsman plans to sign the bill May 2 in a ceremony at a Utah County school, said Jason Chaffetz, Huntsman's chief of staff.
The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, and Huntsman wanted her to get some public credit.

"There was some talk to sign it the day it was passed, but we elected to do it in Margaret Dayton's district," Chaffetz said. "We worked with her and found a mutually acceptable date and location."

Utah lawmakers oppose the way NCLB measures student, teacher and school performance and passed the HB1001 margins in both the House and Senate. The bill passed despite warnings that it may jeopardize $76 million in federal funding.

The bill prioritizes state resources above the federal mandates, and directs state leaders to seek flexibility in putting the federal law into practice.

The state is negotiating with federal officials to use Utah's own system to improve education and meet the requirements.

Huntsman has 20 days from the bill's passing to sign it.

"We were very clear with the White House and the Department of Education, the governor intends to sign this piece of legislation," Chaffetz said.
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page C6.

— Associated Press
Daily Herald


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