Education Bill Could Cost Utah $76 Million in Federal Funding

Education Bill Could Cost Utah $76 Million in Federal Funding

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U-S Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has put a price tag on Utah's unwillingness to adhere to federal No Child Left Behind standards.

Spellings says a Utah bill favoring state standards over the federal law could cost the state 76 (M) million dollars in federal funding.

Spellings' made the estimate today in a three-page letter to Utah Republican U-S Senator Orrin Hatch.

She was responding to Hatch's request for a review of the bill that lawmakers will consider in a special session that starts tomorrow.

Spelling said several of the principles in the bill appear to be designed to provoke noncompliance with federal law and needless confrontation.

Huntsman education aide Tim Bridgewater says he wasn't surprised by Spellings' letter. He says the bill by itself doesn't amount to a breach and does not jeopardize the federal funding.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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