Lawmaker Wants to Opt Out of 'No Child Left Behind' Plan

Lawmaker Wants to Opt Out of 'No Child Left Behind' Plan

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(Orem-AP) -- An Orem lawmaker says Utah should stand on its own in education reform.

Republican Representative Margaret Dayton is drafting legislation that would allow Utah to opt out of President Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' plan.

Dayton says Utah schools should answer to parents and their communities, not the federal government.

But state education officials say rejecting the federal law could cost the state 100 (m) million dollars in federal funding. And right now, Utah ranks as the nation's lowest in per-pupil spending.

'No Child Left Behind' requires states to bring all students up to grade level in reading in math by the 2013-2014 school year.

Students must also pass attendance, graduation and standardized testing requirements.

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