Saturday, February 17, 2007

Urquhart delivers the Second of a One-Two Punch

Would mandate establishment of statewide charter school. Next step: Goes to a House committee. A bill introduced Friday in the House would force state education officials to sidestep certain laws and rules to establish a statewide virtual charter school by fall. The State Board of Education met Friday to take a position on a number of new bills, including HB169 sponsored by Rep. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, who also sponsored the recently passed school voucher legislation. Board members unanimously opposed the bill, saying it imposes an unrealistic timeline, circumvents their authority and sets a "bad precedent."

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