BOSTON (AP-WWLP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that a referendum seeking to end the use of Common Core educational standards in the state cannot be included on the November ballot.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that the wording of the question by opponents of Common Core violated principles for statewide ballot questions.
The court found that the ballot question, as it was written, linked a proposed policy of rejecting Common Core standards with a proposed policy of increasing transparency in standardized testing. That violates rules for statewide referendums that require questions to ask voters about a single public policy issue.
The high Court Decision upset some voters. Jayme Johnson of Northampton told 22News, “The only way that you’re going to know whether there’s a consensus that there’s a problem is through a ballot question. This is how people can express their concerns.”
Common Core standards were developed in 2009 as part of an initiative to create consistent learning goals for all students. Massachusetts adopted the standards in 2010.
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