There has been a referendum filed during the Arizona Legislature’s special session. It aims to prevent the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Arizona schools. The referendum was filed on Wednesday last week by “We the People AZ Against the Common Core.” According to Arizona Politics they must collect at least 86,405 valid signatures before September 11, 2013 in order for it to be placed on the ballot. It is targeting one section of the education budget reconciliation bill.
Arizona Politics reports:
Rather than trying to prevent the entire education bill from going into effect, the organizers have singled out the small portion that doubles the bonding capacity of school districts. Interestingly, the increase applies to bond “elections held both before and after the effective date of this act.”
We the People AZ Chair Wesley Harris, formerly a leader of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party organization, tells Arizona’s Politics that he is “certain it is aimed at funding Common Core since all such funds were removed from the budget.” Harris believes that the section was part of a quid pro quo to get support from some Republicans for the Medicaid (AHCCCCS) Expansion – a measure that is also subject of a referendum drive.
You can see the referendum here.