The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the language of the proposed Common Core ballot initiative is unconstitutional.
The MBA has received over $750,000 in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The ruling was unanimous and came days before the anti-Common Core group, End Common Core in Massachusetts, was about to clear the final requirement in order to be put on the ballot. The group had allegedly collected over 130,000 signatures.
The court decided that the multi-part question would put voters in the state in an “untenable position” in deciding between two separate policy issues. In the ruling, the court explained that voters would have to vote yes or no on both the standards and the assessment and that this represented two related yet separate questions.
End Common Core in Massachusetts released the following statement on Friday, July 1st:
Statement from Donna Colorio, Chairperson of End Common Core Massachusetts
No emotions can express how disappointed we are with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today.
Parents, educators, and concerned citizens collected over 100,000 signatures to put this critical question on the ballot, and their voices have been silenced by this disastrous ruling.
This ruling is an example of big special interest money using intimidation tactics with scores of lawyers and public relations machines to do what is best for them and drown out the voices of the people. The special interests behind Common Core do not want an open and fair debate about education in Massachusetts, so they rely on legal maneuvers and technicalities to control public education in Massachusetts.
The ones who really lost are the students. They are the ones most negatively affected by this ruling.
We are not sure what the next steps may be, but we are exploring all of our options. There was never a doubt in our mind that if the truth was brought before the voters in November, Common Core would have ended in Massachusetts and the very best standards in the nation would have been restored.
The special interests may have won this time, but ultimately the people will prevail and overcome a corrupted system that does not represent the children and their future.
We will continue to fight for our children and try to make sure Massachusetts has the best possible education for our students.