- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Singer Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues (6/12/18)1
- Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD (6/13/18)7
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)1
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- New Zaxby's restaurant open in Cape (6/13/18)3
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
Utah snubs federal government's No Child Left Behind requirements
SALT LAKE CITY -- Snubbing President Bush's education changes, the Utah Legislature on Tuesday passed a measure giving state education standards priority over federal ones imposed by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has said the state bill could cost Utah $76 million in federal funding. But Utah officials bristle at the federal act's requirements, arguing they amount to unfunded mandates.
The bill is seen by many as the strongest objection to the federal law among 15 states considering anti-No Child Left Behind legislation this year.
The bill passed the House during the regular session that ended in February, but Gov. Jon Huntsman persuaded state lawmakers to put off voting on the bill while his administration negotiated a settlement with the Department of Education.
Despite those efforts, the bill passed comfortably in both the House and Senate Tuesday.
Huntsman could sign the bill as early as today, his spokeswoman said.
Utah educators and lawmakers agree with the bottom-line objective of No Child Left Behind -- that all students should be proficient in reading and math. But the state disagrees with the way the law measures student outcomes and wants greater flexibility than the law provides.
Utah's preferred way of measuring student achievement is called U-PASS, or the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students, which compares achievement as students progress from grade to grade. No Child Left Behind compares the grade-level test scores of students to the students in the same grade level from previous years.