A group fighting Common Core based in Worcester, Massachusetts has collected more than enough signatures to get a Common Core question put on the 2016 ballot.
Telegram & Gazette reported:
WORCESTER – A Worcester-based group that is looking to put an anti-Common Core question on the 2016 state ballot has collected the necessary signatures to do so, it announced Wednesday.
End Common Core Massachusetts, which is led by Worcester resident Donna Colorio, said it submitted 80,000 certified signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin’s offices Wednesday afternoon. The group needs 64,750 to get on the ballot for next year’s general election.
The signatures will still need to be certified by the secretary’s office, which would then send the measure to the Legislature for approval.
End Common Core’s goal is to remove the nationally based Common Core’s influence over the state’s current education standards, and return to the previous Massachusetts standards. Critics of the Common Core, which the state adopted in 2010, say it waters down Massachusetts’s historically strong standards, and strips autonomy from local educators.
Looks like the people of Massachusetts don’t have to leave it up to their elected officials anymore. Perhaps more states should follow this lead given what happened with the ESEA vote on Wednesday.