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Utah Rejects School Vouchers, SLC Elects Becker

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Jenny Brundin
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Teachers against vouchers rally on election night 2007.

By Jenny Brundin, Tasha Cook

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Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah legislature passed the nation's broadest school voucher program in its general session earlier this year. It passed by a single vote, and opponents immediately started a referendum campaign that gathered more signatures than were needed to put it on the ballot. A court decision gave citizens the final word on the issue, and they rejected it by a large margin in the November general election.

At the same time, voters in Salt Lake City chose Democratic State Representative Ralph Becker as their new mayor over City Council member Dave Buhler, a Republican in what was supposed to be a non-partisan race.

KUER's Jenny Brundin and Tasha Cook look at the November election.

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