Utah governor vetoes curriculum-oversight bill


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah education officials say they’re pleased the governor has vetoed a proposal seeking to have a parent panel field concerns about curriculum and class materials.

Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday vetoed the measure designed to address Utah families’ concerns about a national set of education standards adopted in the state.

Utah education board members on Friday echoed his message.

The bill’s critics have warned the measure would have plucked the job from school districts, which already review curriculum and field families’ concerns. Herbert says such complaints should go first to local school boards.

The bill’s proponents earlier said the measure could allay parent fears about national standards under the Common Core and encourage parent participation.

Most states have adopted the national set of benchmarks outlining skills students should have at each grade.

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