ERIC Number: EJ759425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-9
Reference Count: N/A
Utah Is Unlikely Fly in Bush's School Ointment
Davis, Michelle R.
Education Week, v24 n22 p1, 21 Feb 2005
Utah state Representative Margaret Dayton adored President Bush. Her conservative politics lined up with his. One of her favorite memories was being at an intimate gathering and hearing the president echo her top priorities, God, family, and country. However, Dayton had drove one of Bush's biggest education-relation headaches. Dayton led a nationally watched push for Utah to opt out of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Bush's signature school reform law. Such effort failed only after federal officials traveled to Utah and helped convince Utah lawmakers that dropping out would cost the state at least $106 million in education aid. Dayton, like legislators in several other states, saw the law's raft of prescriptions as encroaching on state and local turf and imposing unwarranted costs. Dayton, who was discontented with NCLB, has approved a modified proposal that will once again draw attention to Utah and cause concerns in Washington. This article describes Dayton's modified proposal and examines why Dayton still remains resistant to the adoption of NCLB in Utah.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Presidents, School Restructuring, Accountability, Educational Legislation, State Government, Educational Change, Federal Aid, Educational Finance, State Legislation, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001