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Arizona School District Bonding Capacity Referendum (2014)
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At the time of the measure's proposal, Common Core was a set of relatively new, federally-supported standards for Math and English curriculum promoted by the United States Department of Education, which sought to align school curricula, goals and standards across the states. States could choose whether or not to implement the program in its schools. Common Core advocates believed that setting national benchmarks would improve student performance. Opponents were concerned that the standards gave the federal government powers that once belonged to state and local governments. Opponents were also concerned that Common Core eliminated school choice and competitive advantages.
The referendum was sponsored by the group "We the People AZ Against the Common Core." Wesley Harris, chairman of the group, was "certain [the bond] is aimed at funding Common Core since all such funds were removed from the budget." Harris was also opposed to the increase in property taxes that was the likely result of the increased bond capacity.
Path to the ballot
In order to land the veto referendum on the 2014 ballot, supporters were required to gather 86,405 valid signatures by September 11, 2013. Supporters failed to turn in any signatures, thereby disqualifying the measure for the ballot.
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- AZCentral.com, "More than 200 new Arizona laws to go into effect Friday," September 11, 2013
- EastValleyTribune.com, "Group seeks to halt Ariz. lawmakers' plan to double school bonding capacity," July 1, 2013
- Arizona's Politics, "READ, IN CONTEXT: New Referendum Filed Targeting Common Core Education Standards," June 28, 2013
- NYDailyNews.com, "Stop the rush to the Common Core," July 1, 2013
- Orlando Sentinel, "Common Core standards spark concerns among some Lake conservatives," July 1, 2013
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