ON-Lion Letter
More than 1,000 parents, students, lawmakers, and education officials attended a raucous rally at the Utah state capitol in mid-May to support the state's new school-choice law and protest the state education board's refusal to implement it.

A school-choice law is on hold since it will be the subject of a statewide referendum in November 2007, but the state board is refusing to implement a second choice law that amended the first.  Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says that the second law, not targeted by the referendum, is sufficient to start the program and that the board thus must do so immediately.

The law would provide Utah families with vouchers worth between $500 and $3,000, based on the parents' income, to use for sending their children to at private, including religious, schools of their choice.

Signs at the rally read, among other things, "Implement," "We want choice," and "Believe in parents!"  Parents for Choice in Education in Salt Lake City helped organize the event.
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