No Child Left Behind

Utah governor seeks compromise amid legislative firestorm

Utah is rebelling against President Bush's education centerpiece, the No Child Left Behind Act, and Governor Jon Huntsman is trying to mediate. Utah is among 35 states considering measures to circumvent the federal law, calling it an unfunded mandate. Critics disagree with the way the law measures education successes. The Utah House has passed a bill giving priority to state education goals. The Republican governor is asking the Senate to refrain from voting in this session, which ends today, to allow time for negotiation. The bill could be addressed again in a special session. Last year, Bush administration officials went to Utah and threatened to pull federal education funding if the state did not comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.