June 26, 2007

Are federal officials reluctant to provide Utah with requested flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act because the state’s voucher program is in limbo? Yes, suggests the office of U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop. Amazing, if true.


“The debate over Utah's school voucher program is extending to Washington, where U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop says the state school board's opposition to vouchers is hampering his efforts to get flexibility with federal education requirements.


Scott Parker, Bishop's chief of staff, said the Utah Republican has been asked why his state hasn't allowed for school choice that vouchers could provide.

"He's gotten the impression on more than one occasion that Utah's sort of being viewed as a little bit inconsistent when we keep asking for flexibility here at the federal level but won't allow for some parents and students at the local level to have choice," Parker said,” reports the Daily Herald.